by James H.
Guitarists and fans of guitar based music have a special treat coming soon in the form of
John Jorgenson's triple CD set "Divertuoso" . The word "epic" is tossed around too frequently these days without recognition of the original sense of its meaning; a grand scale poem such as Homer's "Iliad" and "Odyssey" or the Hindu classic "Mahabharta" . Jorgenson's heroic effort truly deserves to be called Epic as each of the three chapters are completely distinct styles ; "Returning" showcases The John Jorgenson Quintet performing Django styled Gypsy jazz, "From the Crow's Nest" delivers authentic Bluegrass by J2B2 (John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band) and "Gifts From The Flood" treats listeners to exceptionally tasty instrumental electric guitar played on vintage instruments salvaged after the Nashville flood.
Only George Harrison's "All Things Must Pass" and Frank Zappa's "Shut Up And Play Your Guitar" have ever attempted a 3 record set and Jorgenson stands firmly with these giants and goes even further by tackling such distinct and diverse musical forms. A full review will be done after taking the appropriate time to really digest the rich meal placed before me . Having given it a complete once through I do not hesitate to recommend guitarists of all styles to get it. Jorgenson strikes me a true lover of music, able to appreciate and play in multiple styles . If you play primarily in a single genre you can dig deep into these three CD's and incorporate licks and ideas not native to your genre that can really inspire you to explore new directions in your own playing.
- James H.