171

Jackie King & Willie Nelson: The Gypsy

Jim Santella By

Sign in to view read count
Jackie King & Willie Nelson: The Gypsy A ballad doesn't much care which genre it's said to represent.

Instrumentals, such as the interpretation of "The Nearness of You" appearing on The Gypsy, make a jazz presence more obvious. The guitar duo of Jackie King and Willie Nelson weaves a session filled with lovely ballads and hot, up-tempo romps. When lyrics are applied, as on the title track, the focus changes and we stop worrying about which is country and which is not. Nelson sings half the songs and adds his emphatic guitar voice as well.

Throughout, King's swinging jazz guitar finds ample space to explore. Both guitarists have admitted a strong admiration for the work of Django Reinhardt. King's approach is a hearty combination of lyrical outpouring and improvised charm. That Charlie Parker is one of his largest influences comes as no surprise. King started playing professionally when he was 12. From Texas, he was fully immersed in both the country music scene and modern jazz. King moved to San Francisco in '68 and devoted his career to playing jazz full time. He's since resettled in his hometown of San Antonio—maintains homes in both Texas and California—and tours regularly with his old friend Willie Nelson.

On this session, the duo finds a way to show respect for both country music and jazz. Recommended, The Gypsy is a mainstream album that can be enjoyed by everyone.


Track Listing: The Gypsy; The Nearness of You; Heart of a Clown; Once in Awhile; Jealous Heart; Back Home in Indiana; My Window Faces the South; Cherokee; San Antonio Rose; Come Back to Me.

Personnel: Jackie King-electric guitar; Willie Nelson-acoustic guitar, vocals; Andrew Higgins-acoustic bass; Jon Blondell-electric bass; Don Haas-piano; Bob Scott-drums.

Year Released: 2002 | Record Label: FreeFalls | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Northern Adventures CD/LP/Track Review Northern Adventures
by Jack Bowers
Published: February 28, 2017
Read Collider CD/LP/Track Review Collider
by John Sharpe
Published: February 28, 2017
Read Eos CD/LP/Track Review Eos
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 28, 2017
Read More Than This CD/LP/Track Review More Than This
by Henning Bolte
Published: February 28, 2017
Read Road to Forever CD/LP/Track Review Road to Forever
by Jack Bowers
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Avenida Graham CD/LP/Track Review Avenida Graham
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 27, 2017
Read "In Concert" CD/LP/Track Review In Concert
by Mark Sullivan
Published: April 6, 2016
Read "Buena Vista Social Club" CD/LP/Track Review Buena Vista Social Club
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: March 19, 2016
Read "Three Octaves Above The Sun" CD/LP/Track Review Three Octaves Above The Sun
by James Nadal
Published: August 1, 2016
Read "Checkpoint" CD/LP/Track Review Checkpoint
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: August 6, 2016
Read "The Outlier" CD/LP/Track Review The Outlier
by Budd Kopman
Published: August 17, 2016
Read "Real Feels - Live Vol. 1" CD/LP/Track Review Real Feels - Live Vol. 1
by Mark F. Turner
Published: December 13, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: Jazz Near You | GET IT  

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!