Review in Sing Out! magazine, Spring 2004.
|A Henry Reed Reunion-
Brief Article - sound recording review
by Janet Farrar-Royce
mid- to late-1960s traveling through the Appalachian region recording and studying fiddling with various folk musicians. of
Southern American fiddling.
The tracks on this CD of Alan's own clean, elegant playing demonstrate his love and complete understanding of the
various styles of the Appalachian region and the great imprint Henry Reed had on his fiddling. The charm that is Dr.
Jabbour comes across in his performances, too. Alan is yet too modest to realize or admit that he himself is becoming an
icon of Appalachian fiddling.
Bertam Levy, who played banjo in the Hollow Rock String Band with Alan, and James Reed, who often accompanied his
lather Henry on the guitar, provide back up that is energetic and interesting, but never overwhelms the melody or the
The perfect balance they provide is a credit to their knowledge of the art as well as their musicianship. The 21 tracks,
totaling about 45 minutes of playing, cover familiar, mostly lively fiddles tunes of British origin, fife tunes, ballroom and
parlor tunes, 20th century rags, and even some 19th century tunes that went on to be used in minstrel shows. Included
among the 24 favorite tunes are "Shoes and Stockings," "Jump Jim Crow." "Shady Grove," "Ebenezer," "The Girl I Left
Behind Me," "Hell among the Yearlings" and "Flop-eared Mule. " But all of them will make you want to whip out your
instrument and "sit in!"
COPYRIGHT 2004 Sing Out Corporation
COPYRIGHT 2004 Gale Group