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Starlings 05:55
Reed Fields 03:18
Cloud Wheels 06:23
Tomes 03:56
Her Garden 02:59
The One 04:59
Open Window 02:32
Cupbearer 06:27
Going Down 03:34
Clay Birds 04:34
Radiance 05:01


Jubilant Rain (UR9987)

I discovered improvised music little by little as a teenager, studying classical guitar and playing in garage bands. It was, however, the solo recordings of Keith Jarrett that intimated a process that was perhaps even more paradigm shattering than the astonishing jazz that I was listening to at that time. He wasn’t simply improvising over the harmonies inherent in a composed song.

He was making the whole thing up.

The only parallel to this, and it is far from the same process, is channeling. Yet the music produced in this context, though completely fresh and of-a-piece, is not completely unaffected by one’s physiology and the reservoir of music available to human ears in this historical period.

I was determined to search for, if not the same process, a process that would necessitate moving myself out of the way and allowing music that clearly already exists in some other world, some other dimension, some parallel universe beyond myself, to flow through my instrument, the guitar.

There has been, incidentally, countless other precedents of truly extemporaneous composition in performance, a list which would include the Bengali Baûls, certain Sufi musicians and maybe even J.S. Bach himself. Whether or not I have been utterly successful in finding such a lofty process, what we are offering here is completely spontaneous music that is representative of the search.

— Jack DeSalvo

Jubilant Rain
Reed Fields
Dragon Scales
Three Black Oaks
Cloud Wheels
Her Garden
The One
Open Window
Going Down
Clay Birds
The Arc of you Mallet

All music by Jack DeSalvo


released December 14, 2016

All music by Jack DeSalvo
Recorded by Tom Tedesco at Tedesco Studio, Paramus, NJ
Mastered by Gene Gaudette and Jim DeSalvo at Beanstudio, Wayne, NJ
Cover artwork by Michele Jenkins
Cover design by Qua’s Eye Graphix
Produced by Jim DeSalvo


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Jack DeSalvo New York, New York

JACK DeSALVO, hailed in THE WIRE magazine as “masterful”, played with Ronald Shannon Jackson and D3. Guitarist DeSalvo, a highly regarded composer, also plays cello, mandolin and banjo. “banjo player Jack DeSalvo uncorks a salvo of twangs as if Earl Scruggs has pushed his way into a Count Basie jam.” – NYC Jazz Record. He plays with his own band and with Julie Lyon, 12 Houses, Sumari etc. ... more

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