3 Lobed Rec. Jack Rose : I Do Play Rock and Roll (US,rec.2004-2006,pub.2008)**°°
Tequilla Sunrise Rec.Jack Rose : Dr.Ragtime and his palls + Self-titled (US,2008)***
-featuring Glenn Jones, Micah Blue Smaldone, Mike Gangloff, Sean Bowles & Harmonica Dan -
Jack Rose has published his first live only album, which contained just three tracks : one transparent raga improvisation, a comparable composition, and one very different, droning "experiment". Also published around the same time is this more ragtime inspirational album. Because of this timing of publication of these concepts, it gives the idea that Jack Rose keeps all these areas relatively separate as almost traditions of entities, and this while most guitarists tend to blend as much as possible all their different ideas into one artistic and personal vision. This gives the idea that compared to all the great new fronting guitarists, Jack Rose as a guitarist who was first known for his group project with an interest in droning sounds, but outside this experimental blurring approach, as a solo guitarist he shows himself more as a clear minded improvisational and creative style respecter. Whether he performs ragas or ragtime-blues, he plays them with ease without constructing new collages of ideas, direct, effective and with enjoyable energy.
The last few months Jack Rose hardly had time for contemplating constructions, so that’s how his performance drives to directness and the pleasure of playing. In such dedicated time what could give better results than to exploit this enjoyment to a full spin, as a sharing of this energy with some other likeminded artists ? The front cover of “Dr.Ragtime and his pals” refers to old times, a space, time and great outdoor village place shared friends, a distinction place and choice that it will be like a good old ragtime time…
The first album of this double album is just Jack Rose solo on guitar, on ragtime bluesy slide guitar. How his picking and slide guitar technique is combined into one technique I can’t decipher well, but it surely sounds attractive. It goes from slow blues to fast ragtime and back in style. The 6th track is an Indian raga. (here I hear a strange resonating sound to the resonating chamber wood during the playing working as an extra special effect at some point). The slide techniques come like sudden additions to the pickings.
The second album refers best to the front cover photograph gathering. Second guitar is provided by Glen Jones (1,9) and Micah Blue Smaldone (4,8), banjo by Mike Gangloff (2,5,10,12), washboard by Sean Bowles (2,5,10,12), harmonica by Harmonica Dan (11). It revives a spontaneous essence of that old time feeling, which inhabits a happy enjoyment, plus it’s spontaneous choice of playing which gives a new energy to this field.