Baby Gramps
Saturday, January 20

Baby Gramps is an amazing amalgamation of everything that anybody’s ever heard including Mississippi John Hurt, Uncle Dave Macon, Charlie Patton, Blind Blake, Captain Beefheart, the Tuvan Throat Singers and Popeye. Baby Gramps has created a highly developed and completely original musical concoction that is easily the most intriguing synthesis to come out of the roots revival of the late 20th Century. He plays beautifully “betwixt the cracks in the piano” a la Ornette Coleman, can scat the blues three notes at once, and has invented his own guitar technique he calls “scribbling”. Gramps does amazing tricks with timing, timbre, tempo and pitch that no one can hope to imitate, and reinvents himself nightly, never performing a song the same way twice. Jazz buffs will want to compare the two takes of “Nuthin’” we’ve included on this disc (Same 'Ol Timelously) with the one you hear next time you see Gramps live. I call it jazz, because that’s what it is.
~ Glenn Howard, American Musical Heritage Foundation

“...he is the strongest proponent of Hokum/Ragtime vocal and guitar that you would ever hear and probably the finest interpreter of early jazz roots...”
–Chris Lunn, Festivals Northwest


 

 

 

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“A deep original with a rooting in blues, ...a fondness for folk and pop novelties of every description, a fascination with word games, ... and his own throat singing and National steel techniques. ...if you feel like being amazed, he’s a much better bet han most.”
–Robert Christgau, Village Voice, NY

“He is the living embodiment of everything wonderful in the last hundred years of American Music...”
–James Marshall, East Village Eye

 

   


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