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Take Five

by Ned Luberecki

Straight ahead Bluegrass, jazz standards, traditional fiddle and banjo duets, and even the Star Trek theme... on the banjo.
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1. Night Driver
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2. Higher Ground
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3. Cleveland Park
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4. Adams County Breakdown
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5. We'll Put out the Fire
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6. B-Flat Medley: Done Gone / New Camptown Races
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7. Fiddlin' Dan
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8. Take Five
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9. Girl from Ipanema
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10. Earl's Court
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11. Blue Monk
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12. Kitchen Squirrel Medley: Kitchen Girl / Squirrel Hunters
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13. Buck Owens Medley: Before You Go / Let the World Keep on Turning
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14. Where No Man Has Gone Before (Star Trek Theme)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Described by Steve Martin as “an absolutely joyous, riveting, beautifully syncopated example of the beauty of the banjo,” Ned Luberecki’s new album, Take Five, demonstrates he is a master of his instrument, adept in multiple styles.

Take Five is a reflection of Ned's musical diversity, presenting fiddle and banjo tunes, instrumentals, and traditional Bluegrass interspersed with jazz standards, classic Buck Owens, and even the theme to Star Trek. Many of Ned’s musical friends from all walks of Bluegrass make appearances, making Take Five a sort of retrospective and reminding us that however we know Ned Luberecki - sideman, teacher, on-air radio personality - it all springs from his first love, the banjo.

Night Driver - 2:29
Ned Luberecki (Clement Luberecki Music. BMI)
Ned Luberecki - banjo
Chris Jones - guitar
Mark Stoffel - mandolin
Jon Weisberger - bass
Jeremy Garrett - fiddle

I was a member of Chris Jones and the Night Drivers for 13 years, so I wanted a tune with those guys to start off the record. This one has the Night Driver feel to me and we even had Jeremy Garrett join us on fiddle. He was in the band when I first joined. It was always a pleasure to pick with these guys and I hope you can hear that in the tune.

Higher Ground - 2:46
Kelley Luberecki, Dale Ann Bradley (Clement Luberecki Music, BMI/Dale Ann Bradley Music, BMI)
Ned Luberecki - banjo
Dale Ann Bradley - vocal
Becky Buller - harmony vocal
Chris Jones - guitar
Mark Stoffel - mandolin
Jon Weisberger - bass
Jeremy Garrett - fiddle

My wife Kelley is a West Virginian, so when she got together with East Kentuckian Dale Ann Bradley to write a song, they ended up writing a song about leaving their mountain homes… It’s a mountain song written by a couple of mountain girls. You can’t get much more bluegrass-y than that!

Cleveland Park - 2:36
P.D. arr Luberecki/Buller (Clement Luberecki Music. BMI/Goodnight Sparky Music, BMI)
Ned Luberecki - banjo
Becky Buller - fiddle

I found this tune when I was looking for minor key tunes for a banjo instruction book that I was writing. The melody just stuck with me and I couldn’t stop playing it. I had joined the Becky Buller Band while I was recording this project and had always loved Becky’s fiddling so I knew that I wanted to get her to fiddle a couple with me on the CD. I showed her this tune and she came up with some really cool variations for it so I decided to just play the melody on the banjo and let her do all the cool stuff.

Adams County Breakdown - 3:03
Tom Adams (Three-Twenty-Three Music/Happy Valley Music, BMI)
Ned Luberecki - banjo
Shad Cobb - fiddle
Mike Compton - mandolin
David Grier - guitar
Missy Raines - bass
Rob Ickes - dobro

Tom Adams wrote and recorded this tune back when he was playing with the Lynn Morris Band. I’ve always loved the tune and wanted to play it for a long time. Some friends of mine (Missy, Mike, David and Shad) had started this band together called The Helen Highwater Stringband and I thought this would be a fun one to do with them. Rob Ickes added some amazing dobro to the tune. This was fun!

We’ll Put Out The Fire - 2:35
Jon Weisberger, Vida Wakeman (Use Your Words Music, BMI/One Acre Music, ASCAP)
Amanda Smith - vocal
Ned Luberecki - banjo
Shad Cobb - fiddle
Mike Compton - mandolin
David Grier - guitar
Missy Raines - bass

Jon Weisberger asked me to play a set with him on the Music City Roots show featuring some songs he’d co-written with some of his favorite writers and singers. We did this one with Vida Wakeman and I just love the old time, danceable feel it has. It was Jon’s idea to have Amanda Smith sing it on the CD. He’s just full of great ideas!

B-Flat Medley - 3:38
Done Gone - P.D. arr Luberecki (Clement Luberecki Music. BMI)
New Camptown Races (Frank Wakefield - Wynwood Music Co., Inc.)
Ned Luberecki - banjo
Shad Cobb - fiddle
Mike Compton - mandolin
David Grier - guitar
Missy Raines - bass

As a young banjo student, I was always in awe of players like Alan Munde and Tony Trischka who could play in keys like B-flat without a capo. As an older banjo student, I’m no less awed, but I’m getting better and learning their ways. These are a couple of tunes that are traditionally played in B-flat and they actually work out pretty well in open G tuning. The Helen Highwater band really shines on these tunes as well.

Fiddlin’ Dan - 4:10
P.D. arr Luberecki/Buller (Clement Luberecki Music. BMI/Goodnight Sparky Music, BMI)
Ned Luberecki - banjo
Becky Buller - fiddle, vocal

Becky and I were discussing some old-time fiddle and banjo tunes that we could do in the Becky Buller Band shows when she showed me this one. She said that her mother used to sing this to her when she was a kid. How could I pass up an opportunity to have the 2016 IBMA Female Vocalist AND Fiddle Player of the Year fiddle and sing one on my cd?

Take Five - 3:32
Paul Desmond (Desmond Music Company)
Ned Luberecki - banjo
Missy Raines - bass
Ethan Ballinger - guitar
Casey Campbell - mandolin
Cody Martin - drums

I’ve always loved this tune and when I first knew of it, I don’t think I had any concept of what the 5/4 time signature was. I always wanted to record a version of this, but never knew what band I might play it with. Then along came Missy Raines and the New Hip. I don’t think that this version of the band ever made a CD, but I was lucky enough to get them to track a few songs with me, including this one.

Girl From Ipanema - 3:22
Antônio Carlos Jobim (Songs of Universal, Inc.)
Ned Luberecki - banjo
Missy Raines - bass
Ethan Ballinger - guitar
Casey Campbell - mandolin
Cody Martin - drums

I can’t hear this tune without thinking of the Blues Brothers riding up the elevator to the tax assessor’s office. If I could ever hear my version played in an elevator someday, it would make me as happy as I’ve ever been. Played with bare fingers (no picks) in the true bossa nova banjo style.

Earl’s Court - 3:38
Ned Luberecki (Clement Luberecki Music, BMI)
Ned Luberecki - banjo
Missy Raines - bass
Ethan Ballinger - guitar
Casey Campbell - mandolin
Cody Martin - drums

This is my own interpretation of a 5/4 banjo jazz tune. It’s named for the Earl’s Court London Underground station where there’s a Pret a Manger and a TARDIS. From there you can catch the Picadilly, Central and Circle Lines. Mind The Gap.

Blue Monk - Thelonius Monk (Thelonius Music Corp. BMI)
Ned Luberecki - banjo
Missy Raines - bass
Ethan Ballinger - guitar
Casey Campbell - mandolin
Cody Martin - drums

A great blues tune by Monk. We recorded several takes of this tune, but I think that this was one of the first, if not the very first. The same is true of Take Five. I loved the interplay that Casey and Ethan had going on both tunes. These were some of the most fun sessions that I’ve ever been a part of and really want to thank Missy, Ethan, Casey and Cody for that.

Kitchen Squirrel Medley - 2:09
Kitchen Girl/Squirrel Hunters - P.D. arr. Luberecki/Buller (Clement Luberecki Music. BMI/Goodnight Sparky Music, BMI)
Ned Luberecki - banjo
Becky Buller - fiddle

A couple of old time fiddle and banjo tunes that Becky and I like to play. They both have that major/minor tonality that so many great old time tunes have. And they both work out well in open G tuning on the banjo (without a capo) despite being in the key of A or A minor, or possibly D for Squirrel Hunters… Sometimes its hard to tell.

Buck Owens Medley - 3:38
Before You Go (Buck Owens/Don Rich - Sony ATV Publishing)
Let The World Keep On Turnin’ (Buck Owens - Sony ATV Publishing)
Ned Luberecki - banjo, vocal
Stephen Mougin - guitar, vocal

Nedski & Mojo are huge Buck Owens fans! We’ve sung along with Buck and Don for many miles in the car, and now we’re going to subject the rest of the world to it. We’ll never be as cool as Buck and Don, but we can dream!

Where No Man Has Gone Before (Star Trek Theme) - 1:27
Alexander Courage (Sony ATV Melody OBO Bruin Music Company)
Ned Luberecki - banjo, voiceover
Jeremy Garrett - fiddle

Possibly the nerdiest thing I’ve ever done. It could have only been nerdier if we had been wearing Star Trek uniforms and Vulcan ears while recording it (and I can’t believe we weren’t!) Thanks to Jeremy for going where no fiddler has gone before with me on this one.

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