Saturday, October 28, 2006

[j j cale] timeless genius

Notorious for his laid-back, rootsy style, Jean Jacques Cale’s influence wasn't only through songwriting - his distinctly loping sense of rhythm and shuffling boogie became a uniquely influential blueprint for many other artists. Cale's refusal to vary the sound over the course of his career, and his healthy suspicion of change-for-the-sake-of-it, has caused some critics to label him as a one-trick pony. But the whims and caprices of fad and fashion have left his timeless genius unmoved and he has managed to build a dedicated cult following with his sporadically released recordings. That, of course, is exactly how his fans want it. Indeed, there would probably be a riot if Cale tried to change now. So what is it about the Tulsa scene that produced Cale's sound in the first place? More here.

1 comment:

Ellee said...

It's a long time since I heard anyone mention JJCale, that brings back a few memories of my footloose and fancy free days, partying in Cambridge while his music played in the background. I might just get one of his tapes out and play it now.