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00. Jorma Kaukonen 'Ain't in No Hurry'
by Albert von Ledebur Date Added: Tuesday 19 May, 2015

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This album is just as much as a Jorma Kaukonen fan could expect. It is quintessential Jorma. "Quah" (his first album) plays so well after "Ain't In No Hurry", it shows how strong his character remains. The sound is superlative, the playing is great, the guests are great (and leave more than enough room for Jorma), and the song choice, both old and new, is superb. The album has as fulfilling a purview as Jorma always provides, stretching from "Sweet Fern" to "The Terrible Operation". The versions of "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out" and "Brother Can You Spare a Dime" are fresh and strong. It would be wrong to say that Jorma's new self-composed songs are better than his old ones, but they do have a special strength to them that can only come from his continuing to seek and grow. The pensive Jorma that has been there almost since the beginning of his career is still in these new songs of his. Guthrie's "Suffer Little Children to Come Unto Me" and Michael Falzarano's "Where There's Two There's Trouble" are both so very cool. The revisiting of Hot Tuna's "Bar Room Crystal Ball" which they recorded electric in 1975 for "Yellow Fever" is obviously one of the things to be most excited about, and even despite all the craziness of those times this version is almost a minute longer, reaching almost eight lovely minutes. This album is beautiful and great, and I await the vinyl release with a forced patience. I am going to listen to this cd now. Thanks Jorma Kaukonen, and it is not petulance that makes me excited about what comes next.

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
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