Glenn Jones, the Few | Constellation | Experimental | Chicago Reader

Glenn Jones, the Few 18+ Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Recommended Image

When: Sat., April 9, 8:30 p.m. 2016

American Primitive guitar playing has been around for nearly six decades, and it will forever be associated with John Fahey, who coined the phrase to describe an expansive fingerstyle attack forged from various strains of U.S. and Indian traditions. There have been loads of deeply skilled adherents in Fahey’s wake, but of the generation that’s emerged the last two decades few have been as devoted to the sound as Glenn Jones, who in the 90s took guitar playing in avant-garde directions as the leader of Boston’s Cul de Sac. He doesn’t play around with hybrids on the beautiful new Fleeting (Thrill Jockey), except maybe during a handful of pieces played on banjo. Recorded outdoors on a porch overlooking Rancocas Creek in New Jersey—you can hear birds chirping here and there—the performances feel like a part of nature. Certain pieces were inspired by the outdoors—“Spokane River Falls” references the waterfall in downtown Spokane, and “Close to the Ground” describes the foggy canals of Utrecht—and the fluid, cascading piles of notes ultimately feel like something that’s existed for hundreds of years. Jones’s technique is superb, but the mixture of lyric tenderness and structural drama subsumes any pyrotechnics. He continues to trust in the simplest of ingredients, which allows the emotional grandeur of his indelible pieces to say something quietly profound.

Peter Margasak

Price: $12, $10 in advance

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