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Edgar Meyer: Edgar Meyer

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This album deserves to be self-titled. Edgar Meyer wrote all 14 pieces, recorded it himself in his home studio and played all the instruments. They include three basses, viola da gamba, piano, two mandolins, dobro and banjo (or “277 strings,” as the press notes count them).

Meyer is a renowned classical bassist who has also won a Grammy in the “classical crossover” category (for Appalachian Journey, with Yo-Yo Ma and Mark O’Connor). Nowadays, artists make records like this one because, thanks to computers and multitrack recording equipment, they can (assuming, of course, mastery over “277 strings”). But self-collaborative overdubbing involves risks, like artificiality, sterility and unnatural sonic quality.

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