This is BANJO, the album I did for Takoma in the seventies. As usual I hated it until about twenty years went by and then I could hear what I did without the self criticism of what I didnít do echoing in the back of my head. No vocals. All Banjo. All original tunes.

The comments are all directed at banjo players.


1. Fiddle Tune

A fairly straightforward coming together of a few banjo licks.

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2. Pizzaraga It's all in the right hand.  Once you get the percussion part down, its easy.

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3. Bright Angel Rag (Faier's Rag) Lots of chords. Definitely not for beginners.

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4. Zzyzx A fantasy piece.  Named after a road in the desert of Southern California.

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5. Rhinoceros Waltz The only piece that sprang full blown out of the banjo.  It is exactly as I played it the very first time.  It came to me while driving home one night.  I walked in, picked up the banjo and played it.  It hasn't changed since.

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6. Just Another Dream (Improvisation in E) This and the following two tunes are the result of many hours and years of playing.  They grow, like a plant, from constant repetition and then usually suddenly crystallize into a coherent piece of music.

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7. Longhorn Express see 6

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8. Orion Rising see 6

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