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Jorma's Feb. 2009 release, River of Time review. 
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River of Time Audio CD
  1. Been So Long
  2. There's A Bright Side Somewhere
  3. Cracks In The Finish
  4. Another Man Done A Full Go Round
  5. Trouble In Mind
  6. Izze's Lullaby
  7. More Than My Old Guitar
  8. Nashville Blues
  9. A Walk With Friends
10. Operator
11. Preachin' On The Old Campground
12. River Of Time
13. Simpler Than I Thought

Release Date: Feb. 2009
Label: Red House
River of Time review
I've heard plenty of Jorma albums, but what got me especially interested in his latest release, River of Time, is the personnel and acoustic instruments accompanying him. Most of all, I was interested in hearing Larry Campbell jamming with Jorma. I've heard Larry Campbell on Bob Dylan and Phil and Friends releases and thought the two would be a great pairing. It truly is. Larry shows off his skills on a variety of instruments including guitar, mandolin, fiddle, pedal steel, cittern, dobro, and percussion; meanwhile Jorma is picking, singing, and arranging in top form.

Along with Jorma and Larry, who are on all of the tracks, there are additional backing musicians to add their excellence. Notably, longtime Jorma collaborator, Barry Mitterhoff is quite impressive and he appears on most of the songs playing primarily mandolin, but not exclusively. 

Jorma chooses to tackle a combination of originals and covers, through genres ranging from blues to jamgrass to country. River of Time includes a few instrumentals, some duets, while  Jorma sings lead on the remaining remaining cuts. 

Some of the cool sounds you'll here on River of Time include two guitars in stunning unison. The opening track is a good example of this, especially the conclusion. Building on that, is the only track with just Jorma and Larry, "Another Man Done A Full Go Round," and their execution is brilliant and tight. 

A few blues tracks appear, naturally. A traditional arrangement of "Trouble In Mind" is one of the best songs on the disc. Levon Helm plays drums on this track among others, the songs he plays on have more energy than the pure acoustic material. 

There are two original instrumental tracks. First is "Izze's Lullaby," a ballad with the fiddle adding sadness to the tone. It is followed by a much happier groove on the next song, a Merle Haggard cover, "More Than My Old Guitar." That is the first of three songs with Teresa Williams as a guest vocalist. The songs with Teresa remind me a bit of the band The Little Willies, which includes Norah Jones. If you like these three songs, I'm sure you'll love that disc. Back to topic, they nail this song with great singing, and an upbeat fiddle solo, and great guitar solo. I reckon Merle would like the results. The next song, "Nashville Blues" has a great introduction, but the beat on this one is too fast for my taste. The final song with Teresa is a Mississippi John Hurt cover, "Preachin' On The Old Campground." The vocal duo of Jorma and Teresa define the song, but some banjo riffs by Barry Mitterhoff and mandolin duties by Campbell round out the musical excellence displayed on the song, and for that matter, throughout the disc.

Getting back to the instrumental tracks. "A Walk With Friends" is a well written song. The violin tone leads the mood, but the direction is carried by Jorma's fine picking on his acoustic guitar, while some nice pedal steel riffs add to the songs character. The resonating sound of the instruments to conclude is a perfect finishing touch. 

A Grateful Dead cover, "Operator" written by Ron "Pig Pen" McKernan from American Beauty is included. A nice blues guitar riff defines the melody and Jorma handles that duty terrifically. The song is filled out with mandolin and dobro resulting in a unique interpretation. The title track, "River of Time" has an old time folk feel to it. 

I love Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli's music. Larry Campbell shows he can play both characters, listen to the Django inspired rhythmic pattern on "There's A Bright Side Somewhere" and Grappelli would be proud of the fiddle solo "Preachin' On The Old Campground." 

River of Time is a really solid release with unique material, It's a little bit like of lot of different kinds of music, but Jorma maintains his own touch to each of the songs. River of Time is a  top tier  addition to Jorma's catalog of music. 

By Barry Small

 

If you like River of Time, you may also enjoy some of these releases:
Boris Garcia's Once More Into Bliss 
The Little Willies featuring Norah Jones
Our highly rated acoustic blues artists

Jorma Kaukonen Guitar, Vocals
Press Release

Red House Records is pleased to announce the release of River of Time, the new solo CD from Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Jorma Kaukonen. Returning to his blues and rock roots, this album mixes some of the funky innovation of his early Jefferson Airplane days with the clean acoustic riffs of his recent Grammy-nominated album Blue Country Heart.

River of Time revisits the acoustic blues and country music that Jorma first fell in love with in his youth, featuring bright new interpretations of Mississippi John Hurt, Merle Haggard and Rev. Gary Davis. He also revisits other favorites including the Grateful Dead's “Operator” and “Been So Long,” which he recorded for a live Hot Tuna album. Whether reinterpreting these classics or crafting new original songs and instrumentals, this album finds Jorma at the top of his game with inventive arrangements and his strongest songwriting since his legendary album Quah. Inspired by a dream Jorma had about his grandmother Ida, the title track “River of Time” is about loved ones that have passed on but not left us. This theme of family and memory runs throughout the record with songs about his family (“Izze's Lullaby,” “Simpler Than I Thought”) and the friends that he has met along his exciting musical journey (“A Walk With Friends”).

Bringing that warm feeling of family and friendship into the studio, Jorma worked with longtime friends and collaborators Barry Mitterhoff (mandolin, tenor banjo, tenor guitar and octave mandolin) and Myron Hart (vocals, bass). Acting as producer, multi-instrumentalist Larry Campbell played on every song and then welcomed Lincoln Schleifer (upright bass), Teresa Campbell (vocals) and Grammy winner Levon Helm (drums) to join them. The sessions were recorded at Levon’s studio in Woodstock, New York, and although he only came in to play on Jorma’s song “Cracks in the Finish” and a few others, he had such a good time that he insisted on playing on more tracks. Brimming with hot licks and funky rhythms, this recording has an organic feel that was born out of this talented ensemble of players. Surely his most innovative and personal album to date, River of Time is an up-tempo collection of original songs and blues and country covers that will appeal to new and old Jorma fans as well as lovers of folk, blues and Americana music.

In support of the new CD, Jorma will be touring with Ruthie Foster and Robben Ford in early 2009, followed by solo dates and shows with his innovative band Hot Tuna. For more information about his upcoming tour and Jorma’s extensive discography, please visit www.jormakaukonen.com.

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Hot Tuna
Below are some of the better Hot Tuna releases. to consider. 

Please visit our Michael Falzarano page, long time Hot Tuna rhythm guitarist.

Hot Tuna Burgers The Best of Hot Tuna
2 discs
Keep on Truckin'
1 disc...
   
  1. Hesitation Blues 
  2. How Long Blues 
  3. Uncle Sam Blues 
  4. Don't You Leave Me Here 
  5. Death Don't Have No Mercy 
  6. Know You Rider 
  7. Oh Lord, Search My Heart 
  8. Winin' Boy Blues 
  9. New Song 
10. Mann's Fate 
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning
12. Candy Man
13. True Religion
14. Belly Shadow
15. Come Back Baby
  1. True Religion
  2. Highway Song
  3. 99 Year Blues
  4. Sea Child
  5. Keep On Truckin'
  6. Water Song
  7. Ode For Billy Dean
  8. Let's Get Together Right Down Here
  9. Sunny Day Strut
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Larry Campbell
Below is a small sampling of the top tier albums that Larry Campbell has appeared on.

There is a great Larry Campbell interview on the Grateful Dead website with some nice photos too.
Love and Theft
by Bob Dylan
Live at the Warfield by Phil Lesh & Friends
Audio 3 discs, or 
DVD - 2 discs
Dirt Farmer
by Levon Helm
   
 
1. Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum
2. Mississippi
3. Summer Days
4. Bye And Bye
5. Lonesome Day Blues
6. Floater (Too Much To Ask)
7. High Water (For Charley Patton)
8. Moonlight
9. Honest With Me
10. Po' Boy
11. Cry A While
12. Sugar Baby
1. False Hearted Lover Blues
2. Poor Old Dirt Farmer
3. The Mountain
4. Little Birds
5. The Girl I Left Behind
6. Calvary
7. Anna Lee
8. Got Me a Woman
9. A Train Robbery
10. Single Girl, Married Girl
11. The Blind Child
12. Feelin' Good
13. Wide River to Cross
Jorma Kaukonen - Reviews and recommendations - Discography - Hot Tuna - Jerfferson Airplane
The Rolling Stones
Below are some must have Rolling Stones CD's. There has nothing to do with Jorma Kaukonen, but they're really good.
Exile On Main Street Sticky Fingers Let It Bleed
1. Rocks Off 
2. Rip This Joint 
3. Shake Your Hips
4. Casino Boogie 
5. Tumbling Dice 
6. Sweet Virginia 
7. Torn and Frayed 
8. Sweet Black Angel 
9. Loving Cup 
10. Happy 
11. Turd on the Run 
12. Ventilator Blues 
13. I Just Want to See His Face 
14. Let It Loose 
15. All Down the Line 
16. Stop Breaking Down 
17. Shine a Light 
18. Soul Survivor 
1. Brown Sugar 
2. Sway 
3. Wild Horses 
4. Can't You Hear Me Knocking 
5. You Gotta Move  
6. Bitch 
7. I Got the Blues 
8. Sister Morphine 
9. Dead Flowers 
10. Moonlight Mile 
  1. Gimme Shelter
  2. Love In Vain
  3. Country Honk
  4. Live With Me
  5. Let It Bleed
  6. Midnight Rambler
  7. You Got The Silver
  8. Monkey Man
  9. You Can't Always Get What You Want
Jorma Kaukonen - Reviews and recommendations - Discography - Hot Tuna - Jerfferson Airplane

Jorma Kaukonen - Reviews and recommendations - Discography - Hot Tuna - Jerfferson Airplane

Jorma Kaukonen - Reviews and recommendations - Discography - Hot Tuna - Jerfferson Airplane
 

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