Out of the Blue (Alison Brown album)

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Out of the Blue
Studio album by Alison Brown
Released 1996
Genre Progressive Bluegrass, Jazz
Length 40:44
Label Compass
Producer Gary West
Alison Brown chronology
Out of the Blue
Fair Weather (2000)

Out of the Blue is album by American banjoist Alison Brown, released in 1998.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
No Depression (no rating) [2]

In his Allmusic review, music critic Charlotte Dylan wrote of the album; "The music on this album is bluegrass flavored with a little jazz. Fans won't notice anything untried or bold here from Alison Brown, but there are a number of good songs on this album..."[1]

Writing for No Depression magazine, Rachel Leibrock felt the album was restrained and called it "a cocktail-hour fusion of jazz, Latin and Caribbean rhythms.. a sparkling and crisp arrangement of unassuming instrumentals, but they never fully hook the listener... Dispassionate and cool, the record is too pristine and orderly to burn itself into a more emotional listening sphere."[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Alison Brown unless otherwise noted

  1. "Out of the Blue" – 5:45
  2. "Dante's Paradies" – 3:35
  3. "Coast Walk" – 3:58
  4. "Four for Launch" – 3:11
  5. "Road to Corossol" (Brown, Burr, West) – 4:46
  6. "Mood Ring" (Brown, West) – 5:11
  7. "Samba del So" –l 3:39
  8. "Sands of Sound" – 3:59
  9. "Return to Pelican bay" – 3:44
  10. "Rebel's Bolero" – 2:56


  • Alison Brown – banjo, guitar
  • John Burr – piano, keyboards
  • Rick Reed – drums
  • Gary West – bass


  1. ^ a b Dillon, Charlotte. "Out of the Blue > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved July 31, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Leibrock, Rachel (May–June 1998). "Review: Out of the Blue". No Depression.