Jerry Douglas: The best kept secret

As further proof that the virtuosity of Jerry Douglas knows no categorical bounds, the biggest surprise on his predominantly instrumental The Best Kept Secret is a revival of the disco-era smash “Back in Love Again,” with Alison Krauss supplying as much vocal funk as she can muster. The undisputed master of the shimmering Dobro (and a featured member of Krauss’s band Union Station), Douglas also applies his artistry to the jazzy atmospherics of Weather Report’s “A Remark You Made,” pays homage to Celtic fiddler Aly Bain on the reflective “Sir Aly B,” trades licks with guitarist Bill Frisell on the twangy “Lil’ Ro Ro,” and enlists John Fogerty for guest vocals on “Swing Blues #1.” The album additionally showcases Douglas on lap steel, with guitarist Derek Trucks providing rock propulsion on the opening “She Makes Me Want to Sing.” A breakdown with banjoist Béla Fleck and mandolinist Sam Bush on “Who’s Your Uncle?” finds Douglas on more familiar turf at his bluegrass best. I highly reccomend this album for listeners of all genres.

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