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Ramblin' Jack Elliott (1st August Birthday)

PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2012 1:05 pm
by john poole
Elliot Charles Adnopoz - born 1st August, 1931 (Brooklyn) - 81 today and still touring

On "Rainbow Quest" in 1965 - 'Portland Town' & (with Pete Seeger) 'Muleskinner Blues'
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uViLJCgXZ-E

On his 76th birthday - 'The Cuckoo'
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_36K0LVmKU

http://www.ramblinjack.com/

Re: Ramblin' Jack Elliott (1st August Birthday)

PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2012 2:10 pm
by Alan Balfour
Here's a useful adjunct to his website http://www.wirz.de/music/elliofrm.htm

When he and his wife were domiciled in Britain variously in 1957/8, Ramblin' J got very good press in magazines like Jazz Music, Jazz Monthly and Jazz Journal.

Re: Ramblin' Jack Elliott (1st August Birthday)

PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2012 7:34 pm
by Alan Balfour
Here's a couple of reviews of releases shown in the discography

JACK ELLIOIT
Mule Skinner’s Blues; Cocaine; Dink Song; Black Baby; Salty Dog; San Francisco Bay
Blues; Ol’ Riley; Boll Weevil; Bed Bug Blues; New York Town; Grey Goose
(Topic I0T15 10in LP 29s 6d )

Criticism has been levelled at Jack Elliott for what has been termed the “lack of authenticity” in his singing—a criticism I find increasingly difficult to understand. I’ll be frank and admit that my knowledge of folk songs and singers is limited to an interest which has developed only over the past 18 months but to me he is one of the finest of the contemporary singers. His voice and relaxed delivery have humility, and his wry sense of humour adds immeasurably to his performance. As far as his guitar playing is concerned, it is always competent and tasteful and often rises to points of brilliance.

Jack’s recital here includes many well known folk songs, and consequently, this album is likely to appeal to a wide public. On “Mule Skinner’s Blues”, Jack divides his time 6etween singing, playing and yodelling, with snatches of harmonica work thrown in for good measure. “Cocaine” (which, like most of the other songs has a short spoken introduction by Jack) is an appealing little tune, and Jack’s guitar backing here is reminiscent in many ways of “Freight Train”. “Dink Song” is on the mournful side, but the lullaby-ish “Black Baby” has a likeable charm. The spirited, effervescent “Salty Dog” is one of my favourites, and Jack’s playing on this track justifies close attention.

I hope the skinners don’t get their hands on Jesse Fuller’s “San Francisco Bay Blues”—a palatable ditty pleasantly performed. I’m not so keen on either “Ol Riley’ or “Boll Weevil” but “Bed Bug Blues” has moments of humour in its lyrics, and finds Elliott at his relaxed best. On “New York Town”, Jack does a creditable impression of Woody Guthrie, but I find his guitar work just a little hesitant and unsure on this title. Finally there’s “Grey Goose”—a lighthearted piece of whimsy and the sort of thing at which Jack excels. K.G.

JACK ELLIOIT — Vol 2
John Henry; Talking Blues – San Francisco Blues; Alabama Bound
(77 EP2. EP. 13s. 8d.)

It does seem a pity to belabour the point, but this record would seem to reinforce the argument—white men are best employed singing white songs. Sorry for the racialism, but experience tends to bear it out. Jack Elliott doing Woody Guthrie songs is fine, so long as we are denied the original- with Derroll Adams he is admirable; his guitar playing is excellent. and his spirit fine. In this collection the “Talking Blues” —based on Guthrie and the old offhand talking style—is good, but the other three tracks are in abruptly descending order of merit:—”John Henry” (a Negro folk hero) has been done too often, “San Francisco” is wild and almost minstrel like, and the last can only be aimed at the skiffle market. Better selection would have made a better record. G.B.
(Jazz Journal June 1958 pps 16-17)

Re: Ramblin' Jack Elliott (1st August Birthday)

PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2012 12:46 am
by NormanD
Alan Balfour wrote:When he and his wife were domiciled in Britain variously in 1957/8, Ramblin' J got very good press in magazines like Jazz Music, Jazz Monthly and Jazz Journal.

He also picked up a few young admirers along the way
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Re: Ramblin' Jack Elliott (1st August Birthday)

PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2016 12:16 pm
by john poole
Ramblin' Jack, 85 today, filmed in April this year performing 'Diamond Joe', a song he recorded on the 1959 LP "Ramblin' Jack Elliott in London" and credited to Cisco Houston
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQIoiQjBHUA