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2014 27 Mai

Vade Mecum

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Yes, that’s the way to look at it! Of course you don’t have to bow your head, in your vinyl collection you can make the player stand up. The record came to me long before its release. And now I will no longer wait. Possibly you know it‘s a typical Glenn Jones cover, if you look at one. It‘s a fairytale mood of animals playing the guitar. Or ukulele. Or banjo. There’s something quintessential about Vade Mecum; documenting an acoustic guitarist and banjo player of gentle curiosity and questing spirit, it captures the core of what Jones does. Always his compositions are assured, his playing is never overwrought, whether essaying loving countryblues, or sweet hypnotism.. There may be other guitarists, of a similar stripe, more vocal about their abilities, pushier about their ‘career’, but when Jones shows up, unassuming and eloquent, knowing and poetic, everyone’s the better for it. And you can believe his alter ego on the cover. I love his stories soundwise, I like the  ambiences, too, an open window here, an aereoplane from far there. Or was it a steam engine? No matter which chord, which silence, always a warmth, a match, a breath   (written  by Jon Dale and heavily extended by Michael E.)


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