Jack Jezzro & Friends - An Acoustic Sunday

Sunday 1st February 1998
Jack Jezzro & Friends - An Acoustic Sunday
Jack Jezzro & Friends - An Acoustic Sunday

STYLE: Ambient/Meditational
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
LABEL: Benson 8441844242

Reviewed by Tim Walker

Benson's earlier down-home, Appalachian-style instrumental albums have been well played and easy on the car, with acoustic fretted instruments aplenty, though the world "muzak" tended to enter the mind. When a further recording from the same camp headed this way, I expected more of the same. So it proved with this album, but in the interim there's been one important development: much more creative arrangements. It's good to see the players credited this time - but whereas previous albums have resembled a kind of "acoustic karaoke", here the ensemble works around the 20 golden oldies on the tracklist. Jack Jezzro's arrangements expand upon the originals without ever losing sight of them, and the tracks are more reminiscent to these ears of Phil Keaggy's instrumental work (circa "Beyond Nature') than their predecessors. Perhaps fewer songs might've allowed the musicians to stretch out more - no track here exceeds four minutes - but the playing and arrangements make this a fine album to spend a Sunday afternoon with.

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