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Track review of "You Can Stay If You Want, But I'm Going Home"
Recorded in 1997, this 2010 reissuefeaturing guitarists Jim O'Rourke and Loren Connorsimparts a prismatic view of where experimentalism and Americana intersect folk-jazz, minimalism and improvisation.
Connors' prolific discography hearkens back to the 1970s, releasing over 50 albums amid recordings with guitar legend John Fahey and Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore. Coupled with O'Rourke's worldly permutations as a collaborator, producer and solo artist, this album looms as a match made in heaven.
The closing "You Can Stay If You Want, But I'm Going Home" encapsulates the album's aura. Here, the guitarists execute delicate phrasings via extended notes, twirling chord progressions and succinct melodies. They complement, invent and raise the pitch along with ethereal overtones. The album is a modicum of good taste and intricate guitar work; O'Rourke and Connors play all the right notes, and their understated synergy yields bountiful fruit.
Personnel: Loren Connors: guitar; Jim O'Rourke: guitar.
Jazz is a continuing revelation. The best show I ever attended was the
Roots Picnic at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, or was it Robert
Glasper's Experiment at Lincoln Center, or was it Chick Corea with
Brian Blade at Oberlin College? Most of all I enjoy playing guitar and
composing beats with my Brooklyn-based group Space Captain.