Sunday, 1 March 2009
Sunday Night is.. Bert Jansch and Blackwaterside
I owned LPs by Bert Jansch and by Bert Jansch with John Renbourn. They recorded a lovely version of Charlie Mingus's 'Goodbye Pork Pie Hat' together. In the late sixties and early seventies you could catch Jansch at a cafe called Bunjie's near Piccadilly Circus. The lovely A, with whom I went out but once, was a fan. Jansch and Renbourn joined Pentangle, and so it went on into Fairport Convention and beyond.
Like everyone else then I was playing the guitar, acoustic, finger-picking and Jansch was a possible model. That voice too seemed within range. Nothing much but solidly itself, undramatic, not too pretty, sitting up against the intricate guitar work like a block of wood floating on a stream.
And, while on Goodbye Pork Pie Hat, this is too good not to post. So a double bill. Joni Mitchell, Michael Brecker, Pat Metheny and Jaco Pastorius. She is damn good at this.