13 Songs, 49 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

As a rock n' roll veteran who made his first splash with the psychedelic power of the Jefferson Airplane, Jorma Kaukonen has spent most of his career exploring the folk and blues that served as his initial inspiration. Whether with Hot Tuna or as a solo artist, Kaukonen has let his guitar picking do much of his talking, as his voice is of limited yet solid range, and this often works to his advantage. He writes songs to suit his strengths and picks covers with strong resonance, choosing for this 2009 collection tunes from bluesmen Mississippi John Hurt and Rev. Gary Davis and country legend Merle Haggard. The Band drummer Levon Helm provided the recording studio and joins in on drums. Producer Larry Campbell from Bob Dylan's band joins alongside mandolin expert Barry Mitterhoff to enhance the intimate, homespun acoustic vibe. Whether it's the Grateful Dead's "Operator," Davis' "There's a Bright Side Somewhere," or the standard "Trouble In Mind," Kaukonen plays everything with an unquestionable authority that places him as a premier blues practitioner.

EDITORS’ NOTES

As a rock n' roll veteran who made his first splash with the psychedelic power of the Jefferson Airplane, Jorma Kaukonen has spent most of his career exploring the folk and blues that served as his initial inspiration. Whether with Hot Tuna or as a solo artist, Kaukonen has let his guitar picking do much of his talking, as his voice is of limited yet solid range, and this often works to his advantage. He writes songs to suit his strengths and picks covers with strong resonance, choosing for this 2009 collection tunes from bluesmen Mississippi John Hurt and Rev. Gary Davis and country legend Merle Haggard. The Band drummer Levon Helm provided the recording studio and joins in on drums. Producer Larry Campbell from Bob Dylan's band joins alongside mandolin expert Barry Mitterhoff to enhance the intimate, homespun acoustic vibe. Whether it's the Grateful Dead's "Operator," Davis' "There's a Bright Side Somewhere," or the standard "Trouble In Mind," Kaukonen plays everything with an unquestionable authority that places him as a premier blues practitioner.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
24 Ratings
24 Ratings

Jorma

D-Unit

....is one of the greatest guitarists of all time. And he's still rockin' out! Unbelieveable! Any Jefferson Airplane / Hot Tuna fans should look into this, I had no clue he was coming out with a new album but I'll get this, no doubt.

REAL MUSIC

mattal1958

Listening to this collection of mellow, almost sweet sounding rootsy, folk/blues, It's hard to believe Jorma was once the lead guitarest of one of rock and roll's greatest rabble rousing bands, The Jefferson Airplane. Airplane (way before it sold out and became Jefferson Starship) was among the forefront musically during the era of 60's drug/hippie/anti-war culture. They were NOT the band parents wanted their kids to hear blasting from their stereo systems in their bedrooms.
Jorma went on to form a band called HOT TUNA, which put out albums-- both electric and acoustic-- exploring more blues-based music. His incredible guitar work and unique vocals make him one of rock music's all time greats. This album is more reminiscent of HOT TUNA's acoustic releases. Yet, there is a maturity to this music that surpasses anything Kaukonen has done before...at least to these ears.
Beautiful, acoustic guitar driven music, most with vocals (some duets with Teresa Williams), with a couple of instrumentals tossed in. If you want to hear something gorgeous, give this CD a listen. Jorma still has it!

River of Time/Jorma

mxebmama

Missed you...this is lovely!

About Jorma Kaukonen

Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Jorma Kaukonen was born and grew up in Washington, D.C., where he first turned to the guitar. He lived in the San Francisco Bay Area in the early '60s, playing backup to singer Janis Joplin in local clubs. In 1965, Kaukonen became a founding member of Jefferson Airplane, which soared to fame in 1967. Though Kaukonen's songs and vocals were not prominently featured in the band, his distinctive guitar-playing was crucial to its sound. With bassist Jack Casady, Kaukonen formed a spinoff duo from the group in 1970 called Hot Tuna, and this became his primary musical vehicle after Jefferson Airplane split in 1973. Hot Tuna recorded a series of albums on which Kaukonen sang and played guitar through 1978. After that, Kaukonen worked as a soloist and with such groups as Vital Parts (1980), and he recorded occasional albums. Kaukonen reunited with Casady in Hot Tuna during the '80s, and both participated in the 1989 reunion of Jefferson Airplane. A Hot Tuna reunion album appeared the following year. Kaukonen remained active as the 20th century closed and into the 21st, regularly touring and recording in different configurations before finding a home with Red House Records, which released Stars in My Crown in 2007 and River of Time in 2009. ~ William Ruhlmann

HOMETOWN
Washington, D.C.
GENRE
Rock
BORN
December 23, 1940

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