This 37-track, two-disc set is the most comprehensive compilation of John Renbourn's recording career to date. In one sense, Renbourn can be defined as a traditional British folk guitarist, but within that category, he has managed a wide variety of different recording projects over 40 years. There are the solo guitar albums, of course, but then there are also duo albums with Bert Jansch and Stefan Grossman; Renbourn's major group affiliation with Pentangle; his own band projects, the John Renbourn Group and John Renbourn's Ship of Fools, and even prominent work as a sideman for other artists.
John Renbourn's 2011 album Palermo Snow, his first new studio recording in 13 years, finds the veteran British guitarist turning in a varied set of acoustic guitar instrumentals that go well beyond the simple designation "folk." Renbourn is joined on some tracks by clarinetist Dick Lee, who first appears several minutes into the seven-minute title tune, a Renbourn original full of textured chording and careful fingerpicking.
An unusually enchanting album, even for John Renbourn; The Enchanted Garden is a follow-up to the John Renbourn Group's 1977 A Maid in Bedlam, devoted to medieval and Renaissance dance and classical music, as well as folk material and Indian ragas…
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive folk music
Renbourn's last solo album for the next six years overlaps with his Pentangle work, featuring Terry Cox playing hand drums and glockenspiel, with future John Renbourn band member Tony Roberts and violinist Dave Swarbrick.
The Jazz Tinge DVD presents five exciting and challenging jazz compositions that each receive John Renbourn's unique fingerstyle approach. The compositions of Randy Weston, Chico Hamilton and Dollar Brand, plus John's own original instrumentals, are discussed in detail. Titles include: Buffalo, Transfusion, My Dear Boy, Little Niles and Cherry.
Excellent addition to any prog-folk music collection.
A Maid in Bedlam is credited to the John Renbourn Group, not to John Renbourn alone, and that is an important distinction, since this is not another album of Renbourn's acoustic guitar stylings. It really is the work of a group, consisting of Renbourn on guitar and vocals, his Pentangle partner Jacqui McShee on vocals, Tony Roberts on vocals and wind instruments, Sue Draheim on vocals and fiddle, and Keshav Sathe on tabla and finger cymbals.
In this lesson, John Renbourn presents a wide variety of fingerstyle arrangements from traditional ballads to country blues, from a Booker T. & the MGs rock instumental to the church hymn Abide With Me. All receive the special touches of John's unique playing, and are explained in detail with the help of split-screen video techniques that allow the student to clearly see and study what each hand is doing.
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive folk music.
John Renbourn turns in an album of guitar instrumentals (with a few other instruments added here and there) in The Nine Maidens.