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.
CD Review: Punch Brothers "The Phosphorescent Blues"
The complex bluegrass music of Punch Brothers is driven by mandolin, banjo, guitar and fiddle, so it would seem that Paul Kowert’s role has as much to do with austere tastefulness as it does with providing the foundation for his bandmates.