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A native of Virginia and resident of Philadelphia since 1998, Jack Rose first rose to prominence with the drone/noise/folk unit, Pelt. Pelt can be counted among the early influential new music underground bands such as UN, No Neck Blues Band, Charalambides, Tower Recordings and Six Organs of Admittance. Rose recorded and toured with the band up until 2006. Rose released his first solo LP in ... Read more in Amazon's Jack Rose Store

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Product details

  • Audio CD (18 Aug. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Beautiful Happiness
  • ASIN: B000BQVG2E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 351,691 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Kensington Blues
2. Cross The North
3. Cathedral et Chartes
4. Rappahanock River Rag (For William Moore)
5. Sunflower River Blues
6. Now That I'm a Full Grown Man II
7. Flirtin With The Undertaker
8. Calais To Dover

Product Description

Kensington Blues is the fourth full-length release from Jack Rose and his most diverse outing by far. The album is an inspired mix of styles and sounds, with straight ragtime, heavy 12-string, and that sweet, sweet Weissenborn lap guitar all checking in. Honed during endless touring in 2004, the repertoire here is delivered with maximum authority in a series of first-take performances recorded in early 2005.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By William J. Walker VINE VOICE on 30 Sept. 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
He's been called the natural heir of John Fahey and on his earlier releases managed to evoke the memory of Fahey, Basho and (Sandy)Bull, blending a Mississippi blues drawl, folky americana and eastern influences. However it is with this album that he truly justifies that description.

I would suggest that this is a significant step forward from those earlier albums, "Red Horse White Mule/Opium Musick"(now available as a single CD release)which are excellent, but require a lot more listening to get into. He produces a richer, warmer sound packed with memorable melodies and even greater variety, expanding his repertoire to include a couple of delightful ragtime numbers.

When you consider that every track was a first take you realise this is a performer brimming with confidence and at the top of his game. Such is that confidence that he effortlessly 'takes on the master' with a wonderfully fluid rendition of Fahey's "Sunflower River Blues". This album is packed with variety from rag to raag, to mini epics of winding narrative.

If you have any interest in the solo guitar of Kottke, Lang, Fahey, Basho etc, but want to see where the future lies, this is an essential purchase.
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Amazon.com: 6 reviews
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Modern Master of American Primitive Guitar 6 Nov. 2006
By J. Scott Moore - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Track list: total time = 45 minutes

1. Kensington Blues

2. Cross the North Fork

3. Cathedral et Chartes

4. Rappahanock River Rag (for William Moore)

5. Sunflower River Blues

6. Now That I'm a Man Full Grown II

7. Flirtin' with the Undertaker

8. Calais to Dover

This is a phenomenal outing. I can't really do it justice, but for a PR written, but honest, evaluation, go to the label site and check out all three of Rose's releases. VHFrecordsdotcom has sound samples for all the songs, a comprehensive review AND...hold on to your hat! A GREAT price! I bought all three Rose CD's for 30 bucks, including shipping! Amazon is a good site, but hey, why are the discs more than 50% more? Please, that is ridiculous! Check out his other titles for my reviews on those, as well. A little bit about the songs...I'm a sucker for 12 string guitar. Add Rose's masterful finger picking and it's all over for me. Next, he throws in some slide work, not Delta blues, but Eastern flavored. Add a couple tasty rags and finally his wonderful cover of Fahey's Sunflower River Blues. Great production, no dub's, just first-takes, amazing.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
The Best in His Field Today. 30 Sept. 2007
By William J. Walker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
He's been called the natural heir of John Fahey and on his earlier releases managed to evoke the memory of Fahey, Basho and (Sandy)Bull, blending a Mississippi blues drawl, folky americana and eastern influences. However it is with this album that he truly justifies that description.

I would suggest that this is a significant step forward from those earlier albums, "Red Horse White Mule/Opium Musick"(now available as a single CD release)which are excellent, but require a lot more listening to get into. He produces a richer, warmer sound packed with memorable melodies and even greater variety, expanding his repertoire to include a couple of delightful ragtime numbers.

When you consider that every track was a first take you realise this is a performer brimming with confidence and at the top of his game. Such is that confidence that he effortlessly 'takes on the master' with a wonderfully fluid rendition of Fahey's "Sunflower River Blues". This album is packed with variety from rag to raag, to mini epics of winding narrative.

If you have any interest in the solo guitar of Kottke, Lang, Fahey, Basho etc, but want to see where the future lies, this is an essential purchase.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Too Beautiful 25 Jun. 2010
By A Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Too beautiful for my vocabulary. Modern? Traditional? Folk? Country?

All of them, all of it. Mr. Rose' life was too short.
Picking Paradise 23 July 2010
By Reading - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
What an amazing guitarist! When I listen to solo guitar, it is usually classical or jazz. I purchased Imagionational Anthem and heard several of Mr. Rose's performances (Cross the North Fork; White Mule) and haven't looked back. This is such a fundamental, earthy frenetic, richly textured and reasonably-recorded album that I return to it more often than to my favorite classical guitar recordings. He stands out on Imagionational Anthem (among superb company) and he stands splendidly on his own with Kensington Blues.
Awesome playing!!!!! 14 Jan. 2013
By M. K. Overton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
My dog and I purchased this as a Christmas gift for my husband. He has recently begun taking guitar lessons and thoroughly loves the CD -- he brought it with to his lesson after the holiday break and his teacher asked to borrow it. A thoroughly enjoyable artist and I plan on adding more of his music to our collection.
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