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Jordan Chassan - East of Bristol, West of Knoxville

East of Bristol,
West of Knoxville

Jordan Chassan


A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb

This mostly acoustic, yet urban feeling disc is filled with strong songs, eight of the ten were written or co-written by Mr. Chassan. The disc is filled with his wry looks at life as he sees it in his travels. Raised up in New Jersey, he first broke into the New York club scene with a variety of bands at places like CBGB's, then packed up and moved west to Nashville. He was attempting to find a better fit for his songs and playing that draw from an eclectic and individualistically idiosyncratic mix of country, folk, jazz, and Rock and Roll/pop. There is funkiness to his music that comes along with patched jeans and being exposed to a broad spectrum of music that has coalesced into his own distinct style that has no name that can be found in a dictionary. It definitely holds the interest of a listener's ear. His songs have a touch of the world weary and slightly cynical, and yet credulous person who is slowly finding his way. This disc is stripped down to bare sounds and it still manages to sound full and rich. He has some excellent help with this disc: Gillian Welch helps with vocals on, "Wound Up Way Too Tight", David Jacques contributes some upright bass on 3 cuts, and Jellyroll Johnson does all the harmonica cuts. He is well supported in his stripped down full sound and he brings it through the pass in fine shape.

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Copyright 2005, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
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