About the Session
Transatlantic Sessions 5
With Aly Bain and Jerry Douglas once again at the helm and a fine gang of Scottish and Irish musicians, series 5 raises the bar by recruiting its first blues musician, Eric Bibb, and a superb cast from the bluegrass world Sam Bush, Bela Fleck and Alison Krauss, who of course moved into different territory when collaborating with Robert Plant.
Sessions director Mike Alexander keeps things simple, allowing no technical tricks nor fancy movements to come between the viewer/listener and the music. That way the richness of the music and the skills, fun and passions of the musicians and singers come direct, maybe as close as it s possible to get to live music. Once again this unrivalled series presents six programmes of roots music as its very best.
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Reviews of the Session
All of the performers for these sessions were hand picked by Aly Bain and Jerry Douglas and that alone should be enough to get you interested.
I’ll admit that I didn’t recognize a lot of the names at first but rest assured that I’ll be watching for them in the future. Every word of vocals and every note from the instruments was a joy to hear. Simply amazing stuff. You seldom get to see this many A-list musicians brought together to record even one song together and with this DVD set you get almost 50 songs. The video production and sound quality are up to the task and taken as a whole this is simply an awesome collection. It probably won’t leave my DVD player for months to come.
A previous reviewer seemed slightly underwhelmed with Sarah Jarosz but I disagree. She makes up for in talent what she may lack in experience (due simply to her youth). Her vocals were a highlight for me. Considering that she was invited to participate tells me that Aly and Jerry also like what they hear. Two of her songs (she composed them) “Annabel Lee” and “Run Away” are among my favorites. From what I’ve seen there are no weak links in this series.
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- 5/5 Stars
- (August 16, 2012)
Incredible performances by Alison Krauss, Sarah Jarosz, Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, and Amos Lee! Another fine production by Jerry Douglas and Aly Bain. I’ve always been a big fan of Jerry Douglas. I was blown away after watching disc 1, and then discovered there was a 2nd disc. Wow!
- 5/5 Stars
- (November 17, 2013)