Wizz Jones: Right Now

Album review
Wizz Jones: Right Now

Wizz Jones

Right Now

Label: Speakers Corner
Media: LP
Genre: Rock/pop

Fans of British folk and folk-rock performers like Pentangle, Ralph McTell, Bert Jansch, and John Renbourn owe it to themselves to check out Wizz Jones, who all of the above would consider not only a friend and collaborator, but a prime influence. Wizz was in the vanguard of the first generation of English folk revivalists, who idolized American folksingers like Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, played in coffee bars in Soho, and traveled around Europe in the late 50s, busking for a living. He was and still is an acoustic guitar stylist to be reckoned with and a very distinctive vocalist, who has always been valued by his peers. Indeed, Renbourn not only produced Right Now, he also played sitar and harmonica on several tracks. Fine guitar work by the greatly undervalued Pete Berryman and several characteristic songs from Alan Tunbridge add further to the success of this 1972 outing. Both were frequent musical partners of Wizz during this period. The style is folk-pop crossover of the sort that we might associate with Pentangle or even Al Stewart, from the time when some flower-power trappings were almost de rigueur, but the music holds up well. A solid achievement in a long, productive career.

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  • primary artist, Wizz Jones
  • LP

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