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This disc is a followup to Song for Juli. While Juli may have been a little stronger overall, here Jesse takes a few more chances. California child opens with a bit of bright cali-pop breaking immediately into the moodiness of Grey Day. The title tune is a feel god anthem, mining the same spiritual territory as Get Together.
Arguaby Jesse had a five year run of creativity that anyone would be proud of. This is the peak of that period. Highly recommended. This goes in and out of print, so get it while it's available
"Lightshine", the title tract,is also a well known and positive keeper from Jesse (the human songbird) as well. Plenty of poetry on this one.
Young strums his guitar, but he has a amazingy musical drummer. A lot of these numbers have walking bass lines and break into cool jazz interludes:
I mean the genre cool jazz, not that the jazz interludes are cool.
What really makes this album, though, is the saprano sax. Jim Rothermel, who plays here, has an amazingly fluid style. He may be on a folk rock date, but his solos weave in and out of the chord changes like a true jazzman. You have to love the saprano sax--it is so light, you can make winding musical statements sound increadibly natural increadibly quickly. Frankly, as far as mainstreem rock goes, I have not heard jazz applied this well since Van Morrison put out Moondance. Some of the sections on Light Shine seem to use jazz in a much more genuine way.
Young may not have the best chops in the world when it comes to jazz, but he sure had good taste, and the talent to assemble a band to put across his lovely brand of jazzy folk.
The rest of the album is fine, but not nearly so great as the first half. Even if the rest of the album were missing, the California Suite would easily justify the cost of the CD.
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I was just remembering former days when music was real. The first three songs are why I bought the CD those alone are worth the price.Published 4 months ago by Jim R.
Great CD! It arrived in perfect condition and it has brought back many great memories. I had the album years ago.Published 16 months ago by Maggie
Jessie Colin Young - his music is very enjoyable any day or nightPublished 19 months ago by 60's something
Previously recorded both of these on cassette tape from the original vinyl LPs which were lost due to flooding of home during Hurricane Ike in September of 2008. Read morePublished on July 7, 2014 by K. Gilliland