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River of Time

Jorma KaukonenAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 10, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Red House
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,297 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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While he is probably best known for his role as an electric guitarist in Jefferson Airplane during the late 60's/early 70's and as a founding member of the acoustic blues/rock group Hot Tuna, Kaukonen is also considered by many to be one of the preeminent practitioners of the Piedmont finger-picking style of acoustic blues. 'River of Time' finds the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee not only highlighting his renewed passion to write and perform new material, but we're also shown his continuing desire to pay tribute to his country/acoustic blues roots. Whether through his own words or through the songs of artists both past and present, on River of Time the waters of Jorma Kaukonen's music not only run true they run deep.


Front-porch folk music doesn't get much better -- Washington Post

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
"River of Time" features six Jorma, "Been So Long," which will be familiar to fans of Hot Tuna's second album First Pull Up, Then Pull Down, plus one written with Barry Mitterhoff (mandolin) and Larry Campbell (mandlin, guitar, fiddle, percussion), who play on most of the tracks. Campbell also produced the album, recorded at Levon Helm's Studio in Woodstock, NY. The Rev. Gary Davis track for this album...pretty much a prerequisite for Jorma's "There's A Bright Side Somewhere."

Levon Helm plays drums on "Cracks In The Finish," along with Lincoln Schleifer on bass plus Mitterhoff and Campbell. While it's primarily an acoustic piece, it easily could have been a Hot Tuna track. That's the strength in most of Jorma's music...his songs effortlessly due double-duty as electric stompers or living-room jams. Levon also plays on "Trouble In Mind" and Merle Haggard's "More Than My Old Guitar."

"Another Man Done A Full Go Round" is prime Jorma, reminiscent of so much of his solo and acoustic Hot Tuna work, the narrative songs like "Killing Time In The Crystal City."

"Izze's Lullaby" is a sweet, laid-back instrumental, the kind of composition that Windham Hill's musicians attempted many times during the label's heyday and only succeeded at delivering on rare occasions.

On "Nashville Blues" and Mississippi John Hurt's "Preachin' On The Old Camp Ground," Jorma shares vocals on the choruses with Teresa Williams. It adds nicely to the overall down-home feel of the album.

Grateful Dead fans will cheer "Operator," Jorma's tip of the hat to the late Ron "Pigpen" McKernan.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blues Fingerpicking at its Finest February 14, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Jorma Kaukonen is a top-notch musician who plays and sings with feeling, sincerity, and authority. This excellent recording is another example of his fine writing and interpretive skills. And of course his blues fingerpicking ranks with the best.

The songs cover a lot of ground on the American acoustic roots-music landscape, beginning with several originals by Jorma and reaching back through the early Jazz Age and even to the Civil War.

"Preaching on the Old Campground" is Jorma's take on Mississippi John Hurt's ballad of the same title, which is a lyrical rewrite of Walter Kittredge's 1863 Civil War classic, "Tenting Tonight."

The version played here shows how an independent-minded musician like Jorma Kaukonen selects and arranges material according to good taste, instinct, and imagination-and not by the specified formulas of the fad-a-week mandates of the dreadful electronic entertainment industry.

Every song deserves its own commentary and review, but space considerations prohibit doing that here. Congratulations are in order for everyone who invested time, talent, and financial backing for this project. It is a wonderful recording and will be enjoyed by anyone who likes good music.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jorma's gentle River soothes the soul March 1, 2009
Format:Audio CD
First of all, let me say straight out, that I love Jorma's previous works.
I have enjoyed his music since he and Jack Casady formed Hot Tuna. I enjoyed them in their electric format, however, the beauty of their acoustic playing really caught my attention. Jorma has always been a musician's musician. The beauty of his style is that the notes are played with such distinction and clarity. Jorma and Jack's "Hot Tuna Live in Japan" is a great picture of what magic these two masters can weave together.

I purchased the "River of Time" after reading a positive review and taking note that Levon Helm was a guest on the album. I have to say, that
my money was well spent. I have listened to the album three times and enjoyed it more with every listen. The music on this CD is played beautifully by a master who has learned much over the "River of Time"

Jorma has grown much spiritually over the course of his career. In one of the songs on "River of Time" he talks about loving his guitar, and about how much God has loved the world. Jorma reworks some older material on this CD, presenting it with new energy and beauty. I would recommend this CD to both older fans and those thinking about exploring Jorma's work.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jorma Getting Better and Better September 18, 2009
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I recently had the pleasure of seeing Hot Tuna in concert a few weeks ago in Fort Lauderdale, and let there be no doubt: At nearly age 70 Jorma is as vital, engaging, and as remarkable a musician as he ever was (if not better).

Although I personally preferred the swinging backporch sensibilities of 2005's Blue Country Heart over his more recent (and more laid-back) Stars in My Crown, I believe the new release takes the best of both and raises it up a notch.

River of Time is an exceedingly pleasing record to listen to, as Jorma takes a stroll through faves Rev. Gary Davis, Grateful Dead, stopping for a brief Merle Haggard detour before adding a few superior originals, including the very heartfelt "Simpler Than I Thought."

I had this record playing in my car for nearly a week, and found myself actively enjoying every second of it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Big Jim erector set!
This guitar hero has mellowed with age all do. Buy his cds his music is worth it. We all are in a river of time.
Published 13 months ago by james m. fox
4.0 out of 5 stars Still the same Jorma
This is Jorma doing what he does best, acoustic blues and bluesy music. His guitar-playing is better than ever, and that old familiar voice has barely changed with time. Read more
Published 22 months ago by namtosam
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF HIS GREATEST ALBUMS IN YEARS!!!!!!!!!!!
while stars in my crown let a lot to be desidered, this a beautiful album!! May one of the greatest!!!!!!!!! Read more
Published on October 1, 2010 by Leonardo Mirenda
2.0 out of 5 stars Sorry Jorma
I gave this two stars for the great background music, but I just don't get Jorma. To me, his voice is complacent in depth and style, his song writing a bit average, and I think... Read more
Published on December 28, 2009 by Big John
2.0 out of 5 stars If you loved Blue Country Heart - Look elsewhere
I've followed Jorma's career since he first caught my interest back in the 70's. His work has always been uneven, full of twists and turns. Read more
Published on November 6, 2009 by Kevin Whitmore
5.0 out of 5 stars One for the Island
It's been six months since the release of Jorma Kaukonen's "River of Time" CD. At first, I thought it was still another stellar collection of Americana from one of the world's... Read more
Published on July 9, 2009 by WaltW
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music by a true legend
This guy just gets better every year. I like his last album. I love this one.
If you have ever apprectiated any of Jorma's work. Try this.
Published on July 5, 2009 by D. W. Thompson
4.0 out of 5 stars Thanks NPR
My wife and I listened to a an interview with Jorma on NPR not too long ago and were interested enough to buy the CD. It's very good; great find!
Published on June 1, 2009 by jimo44
4.0 out of 5 stars More Mellow From Jorma
It's great to have Jorma recording again.I have been a fan from the days of Jefferson Airplane on. The first Hot Tuna album with Will Scarlet and Jack Cassidy is one of the... Read more
Published on April 20, 2009 by Writeagain
5.0 out of 5 stars River of Time is terrific
I have listened to this CD many times already in the month that I've owned it. I enjoy it immensely. It's both lively and relaxing.
Published on April 14, 2009 by Beth Cummings
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