Jack Rose : Dr Ragtime & Pals / Self Titled (Beautiful Happiness)
Brand new album from Jack Rose, and double-packed with the long sold out self titled release (originally a limited release on the Archive Recordings label). The first disc « Dr Ragtime & Pals » is Jack duetting with the likes of Glenn Jones, Micah Smaldone, Mike Gangloff, Harmonica Dan, and Sean Bowles; it’s Rose really displaying his formidable prowess as a guitar picker, and lapsteel player with a foil to play alongside. Truly inspiring, some of the traditionals reworked here elevate Jack to a new height. His playing is better than ever, Jack is a consummate performer, a perfectionist also. This is a major work from a big player in the modern American primitive world. Often compared to the likes of John Fahey etc, Jack Rose is a rare talent. The self titled second disc contains a couple of solo versions of tracks for the duets disc, but again, this supports the theory of Jack Rose constantly evolving and developing his art.