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  • Fecha de nacimiento

    25 Septiembre 2001 (15 años)

  • Lugar de nacimiento

    Whitechapel, Tower Hamlets, London, England, Reino Unido

Jack Rose has been going places lately, and the evidence is all over this splendid record. The names of six of its eight tunes refer to places, some easy to find on a map "Calais To Dover", some harder to pin down "Cross the North Fork". Another brings up the journey we all must eventually take "Flirtin with the Undertaker". The guitarist has toured like a demon in the year that preceded this recording, and it shows in the best possible ways. Every track is a first take, and each radiates the confidence of a man who knows he can just sit down and nail it, no problem. Rose has never sounded better; some credit must go to engineer Mike Chaffin for an exceptionally bright and present recording job, but more must go to the artist for the clarity, strength and purposefulness of his finger picking. He also forges ahead in his material, sometimes by turning back the clock. Working backwards is part of his MO .. remember that he recorded crumbling rock, acoustic trance, and full-on noise with Pelt for half a dozen years before he laid down his first finger-style performances. Kensington Blues includes a couple delightful ragtime tunes, his first compositions in that ancient but honorable style. It also features several winding, quasi-narrative fantasias, pieces that will lose you in the sheer gorgeousness of their sound without ever really getting lost; go ahead, try and stay rooted in this time and place whilst listening to "North Fork" or "Cathedral et Chartres" (forgive his French .. you'd do the same for Chic). If you do, got some serious karmic baggage weighing down your soul. "Now that I'm a Man Full Grown II", his latest Indian-style slide piece, picks up where Rose's side of the By The Fruits You Shall Know The Roots compilation left off. It accelerates slowly, affording plenty of time to appreciate his voluptuous tone on the lap steel before he builds to a thrilling breakneck climax and elegant denouement. Rose also travels to the mountain. He..s dedicated music to John Fahey, but here he finally records one of the man..s compositions. His version of "Sunflower River Blues" sounds regal, unflappable and complete in the way that, say, Rose's pleasant but somewhat hurried cover of Blind Willie Johnson's "Dark was the Night, Cold was the Ground" on his first album was not. Truly he is a man full grown, and this is one of the best albums in any genre to come out in 2005. Bill Meyer ——————————————————————————————- discography: Hung Far Low, CD-R, ed. 10 (Klang Industries) 2001; Red Horse, White Mule, LP, ed. 500 (Eclipse) 2002; Dr. Ragtime, CD-R, ed. 120 (Tequila Sunrise) 2002; Opium Musick, LP, ed. 1000 (Eclipse) 2003; Two Originals of…, CD (VHF) USA / (Beautiful Happiness) UK 2004; Raag Manifestos, CD, ed. 1000 (VHF) 2004; Raag Manifestos, LP, ed. 1000 (Eclipse) 2004; Kensington Blues, LP, ed. 500 (Tequila Sunrise) summer 2005; Kensington Blues, CD (VHF) USA August 2005; Kensington Blues, CD (Beautiful Happiness) UK September 2005; Dr Ragtime-Buckdancer's Choice/Dark was the Night 7" (Sacred Harp Library) ed. 500 2005; Dr Ragtime-Alap/Flirtin' with The Undertaker 78 (Life is Hard) ed. 6 2005; Untitled part 1/part 2 7" (tequila sunrise) ed. 500 2006; S/T-CD (archive) ed. 1000 2006 S/T-LP (TEQUILA SUNRISE) ED. 1000 2007 SILVESTER ANGFANG/JACK ROSE SPLIT 7" (funeral folk) 2007 KENSINGTON BLUES LP REISSUE (vhf) 2008 DR RAGTIME AND PALS/S/T DBL CD (TEQUILA SUNRISE AND BEAUTIFUL HAPPINESS) 2008 I DO PLAY ROCK AND ROLL CD/LP (3LOBED) ed 100 2008 DR RAGTIME AND PALS LP (TEQUILA SUNRISE) ed. 1000 2008 JACK ROSE AND THE BLACK TWIG PICKERS 7" (great pop supplement) ed. 500

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