musicians play music, but it's rarer the player who's so at home in
his craft that he can let the music play him. Jamie Janover is that
most precious sort of musician, who seems to create from the very source
of music itself. His liquid, haunting, deceptively effortless lines
ring with uncanny familiarity, because there are so many traditions
flowing through Jamie's dancing hands : Celtic Highland folk forms,
modal jazz reflection and odd-time mountain echoes, all in the flux
never seen anything like it - amazing! A very great musician!"
"Jamie Janover takes both the idea of dulcimer as drum and the idea
of travel through music to their logical extremes".
"A hammered dulcimer
"His newest disk, "Realms", offers
a vast array of instrumental settings for Janover to display his skill
... the disc is a surprisingly complex showcase of unpredictability
"An artist who scores heavily in the
originality stakes is Jamie Janover. He plays the hammered dulcimer,
and boy, does he play it! Realms is his (fifth) album to date, and what
a gem it is. Janover has an all-star cast of heavy friends including
members of Leftover Salmon, String Cheese Incident, Phish and The Jazz
Mandolin Project, as well as Darol Anger, Sally Van Meter, Tony Furtado,
(Kai Eckhardt and Howard Levy). But rest assured; it's Janover's incredibly
diverse and imaginative playing that occupies the limelight. The music
he tackles is far more complex and experimental than of most hammered
Relaxation and beauty are to be found
on this album, sided with talented sidemen and an assortment of genres.
"Excellent fusion knows no boundaries.
And this sampling of jazz, rock,funk and folk shakes your moneymaker
in delightful ways. Gotta give Jamie Janover an 'A' with creative engineering
on the songs (on this CD)."
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