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Short Trip Home / Bell, Meyer, Bush & Marshall


Release Date: 09/07/1999 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 60864   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Edgar Meyer
Performer:  Edgar MeyerJoshua BellMike MarshallSam Bush
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Sony Classical has become ground zero for American bluegrass/classical projects from "Appalachia Waltz" to "Appalachian Journey" to "Short Trip Home". (A few years ago, who would have predicted the success of not one, not two, but--at least for now--three albums dedicated to this kind of fusion?) The lynchpin for all these records is the talented bassist/composer Edgar Meyer, who straddles both worlds quite comfortably. Along with his activities as a bluegrass and country artist, he is a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. In addition, Meyer penned a hugely enjoyable string quintet that he recorded for Deutsche Grammophon in 1998 with the Emerson
Read more String Quartet, paired with Ned Rorem's String Quartet No. 4. (Look it up while it's still in print.)


Neither is there any question about the level of artistry of Sam Bush or Mike Marshall, Meyer's recruits from the bluegrass world. The real question here is how Joshua Bell can fare in their company, so far removed from the classical scene. With the exception of the somewhat more classically minded Concert Duo for Meyer and Bell (both the prequel and the work's four movements proper), he's very much on terra incognita, but he's a fine musician, and he does indeed hold his own. The four sound as if they're having a grand time.


The achingly sweet title track, which opens the album, points up the best aspects of this kind of collaboration--Bell's innate lyricism highlights the tenderness of Meyer's writing. The rambunctious "BP" and "Death by Triple Fiddle" are a lot of fun, and "Okay, All Right" is a sly, grinning Cheshire Cat of a tune. The sound is crisp and immediate, and the liner notes point out who is to be heard on which channel. That's helpful guidance when you're listening to the dueling fiddlers on "Death by Triple Fiddle", particularly if you're unfamiliar with Bush and Marshall.
--Anastasia Tsioulcas, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Short Trip Home by Edgar Meyer
Performer:  Edgar Meyer (Double Bass), Joshua Bell (Violin), Mike Marshall (Guitar),
Sam Bush (Mandolin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 08/1998 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 3 Minutes 48 Secs. 
2. Hang Hang by Edgar Meyer
Performer:  Mike Marshall (Guitar), Sam Bush (Mandolin), Joshua Bell (Violin),
Edgar Meyer (Double Bass)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 08/1998 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 5 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Notes: This work was composed in collaboration with Mike Marshall. 
3. BT by Edgar Meyer
Performer:  Mike Marshall (Mandola), Joshua Bell (Violin), Edgar Meyer (Double Bass),
Sam Bush (Mandolin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 08/1998 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 4 Minutes 52 Secs. 
4. In the Nick of Time by Edgar Meyer
Performer:  Sam Bush (Mandolin), Edgar Meyer (Double Bass), Mike Marshall (Guitar),
Joshua Bell (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 08/1998 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 6 Minutes 10 Secs. 
5. Concert Duo for Violin and Double Bass: The Prequel by Edgar Meyer
Performer:  Edgar Meyer (Double Bass), Joshua Bell (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 08/1998 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
6. BP by Edgar Meyer
Performer:  Sam Bush (Mandolin), Edgar Meyer (Double Bass), Mike Marshall (Guitar),
Joshua Bell (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 08/1998 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
7. If I Knew by Edgar Meyer
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin), Mike Marshall (Guitar), Edgar Meyer (Double Bass),
Sam Bush (Mandolin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 08/1998 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 4 Minutes 5 Secs. 
8. OK, All Right by Edgar Meyer
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin), Sam Bush (Mandolin), Edgar Meyer (Double Bass),
Mike Marshall (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 08/1998 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
9. Death by Triple Fiddle by Edgar Meyer
Performer:  Edgar Meyer (Double Bass), Joshua Bell (Violin), Sam Bush (Violin),
Mike Marshall (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 08/1998 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 4 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: This written was composed in collaboration with Sam Bush, Mike Marshall with violin solo by Joshua Bell. 
10. Concert Duo for Violin and Double Bass: 1st movement by Edgar Meyer
Performer:  Edgar Meyer (Double Bass), Joshua Bell (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 08/1998 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 6 Minutes 58 Secs. 
11. Concert Duo for Violin and Double Bass: 2nd movement by Edgar Meyer
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin), Edgar Meyer (Double Bass)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 08/1998 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 5 Minutes 50 Secs. 
12. Concert Duo for Violin and Double Bass: 3rd movement by Edgar Meyer
Performer:  Edgar Meyer (Double Bass), Joshua Bell (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 08/1998 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 7 Minutes 48 Secs. 
13. Concert Duo for Violin and Double Bass: 4th movement by Edgar Meyer
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin), Edgar Meyer (Double Bass)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 08/1998 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 4 Minutes 42 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Short Trip Home
Hang Hang (Instrumental)
BT
In the Nick of Time
Concert Duo, The Prequel (Instrumental)
BP (Instrumental)
If I Knew (Instrumental)
OK, All Right (Instrumental)
Death by Triple Fiddle (Instrumental)
Concert Duo mvt. 1 (Instrumental)
Concert Duo mvt. 2 (Instrumental)
Concert Duo mvt. 3 (Instrumental)
Concert Duo mvt. 4 (Instrumental)

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