CD Review: Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile "Bass & Mandolin"

On their second collaborative recording effort, virtuosic upright bassist Edgar Meyer and mandolin master Chris Thile (Nickel Creek, Punch Brothers) skillfully deliver ten all-new original compositions that merge folk, bluegrass, and elements of classical music.
By Jon D'Auria ,

On their second collaborative recording effort, virtuosic upright bassist Edgar Meyer and mandolin master Chris Thile (Nickel Creek, Punch Brothers) skillfully deliver ten all-new original compositions that merge folk, bluegrass, and elements of classical music. Meyer’s deftly bowed lines are nothing short of spectacular, as he jumps from fast, high-register arpeggiated phrases to deep, rich ostinatos that beautifully contrast Thile’s thoughtful strumming and plucking. On songs like “El Cinco Real” and “Big Top,” Meyer and Thile trade melodic lines. Most impressive is the way in which they communicate musically, using one of the most challenging duo platforms possible, and doing it all so earnestly.