284

Loren Connors & Jim O'Rourke: Are You Going To Stop...In Bern?

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Track review of "You Can Stay If You Want, But I'm Going Home"

Loren Connors & Jim O'Rourke: Are You Going To Stop...In Bern? Recorded in 1997, this 2010 reissue—featuring guitarists Jim O'Rourke and Loren Connors—imparts 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.

Year Released: 2010 | Record Label: Hatology


Shop

More Articles

Read Akua's Dance CD/LP/Track Review Akua's Dance
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Daylight Ghosts CD/LP/Track Review Daylight Ghosts
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Live at PafA CD/LP/Track Review Live at PafA
by Matthew Aquiline
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Ocean of Storms CD/LP/Track Review Ocean of Storms
by Troy Dostert
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Transparent Water CD/LP/Track Review Transparent Water
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Billows Of Blue CD/LP/Track Review Billows Of Blue
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 20, 2017
Read "Here’s to You..." CD/LP/Track Review Here’s to You...
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: November 9, 2016
Read "Shoebox View" CD/LP/Track Review Shoebox View
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: May 4, 2016
Read "The Long Slog" CD/LP/Track Review The Long Slog
by Dave Wayne
Published: January 11, 2017
Read "Natural Language" CD/LP/Track Review Natural Language
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: September 2, 2016
Read "Playing the 60s" CD/LP/Track Review Playing the 60s
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: January 19, 2017
Read "Miguel Angelo Quarteto: A Vida de X" CD/LP/Track Review Miguel Angelo Quarteto: A Vida de X
by Phil Barnes
Published: October 10, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!