Come What May (Riverboat)
In which British folk/blues/jazz legend Wizz Jones and his old pal Pete Berryman do what they do so well on acoustic guitars while Jones junior, Simeon, comes along for the ride on flute, saxophone, and harmonica. Unsurprisingly, it is a musical journey over folk/blues/jazz territory, which is unfussy and unhurried.
All three share the vocal duties, Jones being particularly effective on Jez Lowe’s The New Moon’s Arms and the opener, You’re Blasé. Berryman’s delicate rendition of A Red Paper Rose takes a leaf from the lyric sheet of St. James’s Infirmary Blues. There’s also a subtle and effective cover of Peter Green’s Albatross, re-imagined as an acoustic tour de force.
The Ballad Of The Sad Young Men seems to have gone from Davy Graham and over to Rickie Lee Jones before heading back to this Mr. Jones for a lyrical treatment soaked in nostalgia and yearning. This is an effortless master class from real masters.