Album: John Renbourn, Palermo Snow (Shanachie)
Friday 25 February 2011
John Renbourn's first new studio set in 13 years finds him heading slightly off-piste from his usual trad-folk path.
Which isn't to say that his guitar-playing is any less accomplished. The fingering and virtuoso touches, the deft harmonics, the subtle string-bends are all delivered with minimal fuss throughout, whether it's a solo piece like the wistful "Dery Miss Grsk", the Bach transposition "Cello Prelude In G", which works so well with his instrument or the jaunty ragtime of "Ugly James". On several tracks he's joined by Dick Lee's clarinet, which brings different flavours to such tracks as Randy Weston's enigmatic jazz melody "Little Niles" and the poised, courtliness of the title-track, where Lee adds almost klezmer flourishes far removed from Renbourn's Celtic hinterland.
DOWNLOAD THIS Dery Miss Grsk; Weebles Wobble; Palermo Snow
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