Banjo World Camp with the Benkó Dixieland Band. Recorded live at the Budapest Congress Center in 1992. This is from that Banjo Camp -- it's a solo by me. there is more if you look for it. Tony Triska was there as well as Cynthia Sayer, Tom Stuip and Buddy Wachter. I have always loved soloing on beautiful ballads. This is type of thing I want to be remembered for. After my time look for the young Jack Ray to show you some of my style. He's "THE MAN" in my way of thinking. Remember this is from 1992 in Budapest Hungary. I hope you enjoy it. Eddy (A Balladeer.)
Hey Jim, that bridge was the old metal type practice bridge. It cut the sound down quite a bit. In this day of age I use a rubber bridge which is a violin type which fits over the the whole bridge. It normally likes to slip or pop up and off while you are playing -- I use a small bit of double stick tape on the outside shoulder at each end of the bridge and it is just enough to hold it on while playing. That way I can put it on and off at will. I like to mellow out the banjo sound just a bit -- mostly on ballads. I haven't used a metal bridge like this since those days which was in the 80's and 90's. Please notice my today video's on my youtube channels: mrgreenmeat or themanhattanminstrel
Wow the tonality of that banjo for vocal accompaniment is really stellar! Does anyone else hear kind of a guitarish sustain that doesn’t quite plunk and shift pitch the way most banjos do? A lot of that is probably in the right hand too—smooth attack and right where the neck meets the pot, I think that’s the sweet spot for gentle tone like this. Very very nice and clean, and just sweet as honey. Thanks for sharing!
As usual Eddy, you sound wonderful. You always use the right amount of notes and not just a pile of notes, putting the song and heat it has to say ahead of what you could do if you wanted to. Space is a big part of your playing as well. In my ‘uneducated’ opinion, you on the banjo remind me of Basie or Bill Mays on the piano. The space is important and you let our ears fill in a lot of the implied harmonic colours.
I remember Bill Watrous once saying in a workshop I attended that when musicians audition for his band they show up ready to dazzle with a ton of fast notes and are shocked when he asks them to play the straight melody of My Funny Valentine for a few measures. He stated that in the first six note phrase he could pretty well tell if they would fit in with his band in terms of musicality, blend and capturing the interest of listeners. Thanks for all you do for the banjo. Hope to see you in Dearborn in the Spring of 2020. (We can talk politics! - haha)