MP3 Jim Petit - Blues Around The World
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14 MP3 Songs in this album (72:00) !
Related styles: Avant Garde: Electro-Acoustic, Featuring Guitar
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Self-tought multi-instrumentalist, in love with slide guitars, deep groove, rythm and open tunings, Jim is exploring with his heart the multiple sides of his favorite instruments. He is playing mainly slide guitar (National Tricone and Hawaiian Weissenborn Lap slide guitar), but also charango, ukulele, mandolin, epinette des Vosges, rhythm 6 and 12 strings guitar and sings.
Jim s music is at the crossroads of the music from all over the world. Sing a Skip James' blues on a hawaiian guitar, with sounds inspired by the classical music of India is a good illustration for his love of the mixtures of musical savors of the World.
Musicians like Bob Brozman, who teached him some tips to be a stronger musician, Tau Moe and Sol Hoopii for hawaiian music, Charley Patton, Son House, Bukka White for the Country Blues, Ravi Shankar for India, Djelimady TOUNKARA or Ali Farka TOURE for Africa, Wilmoth Houdini for the Calypso, Django Reinhart for swing and rhythm contributed to his inspiration to create new musical emotions with stringed instruments.
Jim is influenced by every rhythm from every countries or continents.
Some review of Blues Around The World
Frankie Bluesy Pfeiffer, Blues magazine, France
Amazing, surprising, original, qualifiers will not miss to qualify this Jim Petit's first album which will leave nobody indifferent : some people will love, the others will make the grimace. Some will appreciate this risk-taking (that the others will consider as insane) by this mixture of the usual tones of resophonic guitars (National Tricone and a home made single cone resophonic guitar) with those of weissenborns which sounds as sitars or tablas, whereas the others else will roar in the sacrilege by discovering this psychedelic version of Charley Pattonâs blues, Greenriver Blues. So surprising is « Mon Rêve Familier », a Verlaineâs poem, with surprising gospel introduction sampled from an old 78 RPM record by the Reverend Kelsey and his congregation, shudders guaranteed for those who love, whereas the others... Several titles are « indianised », as this Skip JamesâCypress Grove, with sitar drones obtained on weissenborns, whereas another piece ends with the djerbouka sounds. Multi-instrumentalist self-taught, Jim Petit plays on guitars which he built in connection with the Colmarian luthier Benoîst Rémy, finding his texts in forgotten songs, poems of Verlaine or Ferré to create this exotic Blues which is so personal to him.
An album terribly original which can, it is true, be liked or hated. My opinion ? Go to listen to the on-line put extracts on www.jimpetit.com ( an extremely instructive site) and you will understand why it is an album which deserves 3 CD, or nothing. For me, it will be 3 CD, indisputably.
Fred Delforge, zicazine
Alsace becomes a little center of the world thanks to Jim Petit, an artist of world blues music who never tries to impose himself some limits with his slide guitars. Clever compositor, Jim Petit doesnât hesitate to borrow some ideas of great musicians, as Charley Patton, Skip James or Léo Ferré, endeavouring to refit the borrowed piece and rearranging it with its own way for the greatest surprise of a public who will adore or who will hate it but who will never be insensitive! Full of resonator guitars, National Tricones, mandolin, Weissenborn, charango, or ukulele, « Blues Around the World » allows us to enter in the world of an atypical and psychedelic artist and to lose ourselves very regularly... As Tom Thumb it will be appropriate to be armed with some white stones if you want to cherish the hope to return from this world!
From India to Irland, with stop overs in the United States and in particular Hawaii, but also in Africa which he loves particulary for its position as the source of Blues, Jim Petit restores a whole panel of sonorities whose discovery was done for him with Sol Hoopi, Ravi Shankar, Son House, Bukka White or Ali Farka Touré. A little insolate per moments, the artist decompartmentalizes some beautiful musical pieces like "Green River Blues" or "Cypress Groove » and gives as many surprising colors to Charley Patton than he indianises Skip James, the whole thing with the willing to make it well and an obvious respect for the legendary creators.
Letâs delay one moment on "Mon Rêve Familier", an adaptation of a poem of Verlaine whose intro comes from a gospel of the Reverend Kelsey recorded in 1947 and which turns at the end into a real hip hop blues! Surprising? Almost as much as "Jâai rêvé de Yanfolila, Mali", this ode to the African peasants honoured at the end of the work with this title recorded live in... Colmar!
In addition to an indisputable quality of playing and a natural capacity to adapt to all kinds of tunings, Jim Petit proves to us that he has good ideas to create an original music.
Certain Beatles, associated or not with Jimi Hendrix, would undoubtedly have liked to make an album of this kind if time had been given to them... More world that blues, this album should quickly find a métissé and open public who will be very quickly sensitized by the communion of these two musical genres. Thatâs all we wish to him !
They said about my album :
Ian Mcwee, Diamonds Bottleneck, England,
« A veritable tour-de-force of world music - Slide On! »
Leslie Kimbrel, Texas, USA
« I finally received your CD and it is fabulous. I can't even pick my favorite track - I love them all!!!!!
That was a very special thing you did. I will listen to it everyday »
François Martin, illustrateur, France
« Blues around the world le bien nommé. C'est un voyage génial. Des sons incroyables, une ballade surprenante, variée et cohérente. Jim est vraiment un grand musicien, il vous prend par la main au premier morceau et vous n'avez aucune envie de la lâcher avant la dernière note. »
Christophe Marczweski, France
« Il est incroyable comme Jim se créer son monde à lui et nous emmène dans sa musique et ses sonorités exceptionnelles!
J'ai déjà plusieurs titres fétiches comme "voyage" qui est vraiment superbe... »
Comme ça fait plaisir d'entendre de telles sonoritées de la part d'un français, car dans ta musique qualifiée de World Blues c'est une ouverture au monde, un regard partagé sur des morceaux vraiment interessants, ça m'envahit doucement et je m'évade !!
Lexi Pierson, Tampa Bay â Florida â USA
Jim's original style and heartfelt performance had me in awe until the end. I am honored to have shared the stage with him. Off-stage, his personality is just as magnetic. He is one spectacular human-being.
Jeff Brandon â USA and ITALY
Your avant garde approach to music blew me away!
Your Cd is exceptional and I hope to hear you record what you performed live in Pilzen.
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