Jewels & Binoculars

Jewels & Binoculars: The Music of Bob Dylan

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Jewels & Binoculars: The Music of Bob Dylan Review

by Joslyn Layne

This instrumental trio lovingly delivers original renditions of Bob Dylan songs. The warm, intimate, live sound fits the low-key mood as Michael Moore, Lindsey Horner, and Michael Vatcher pay tribute to the great songwriter. The main focus is on Dylan's '60s material, although a few later songs appear: "Dark Eyes" from 1985's Empire Burlesque and "Two Soldiers," one of the traditional tunes that Dylan covered on his 1993 album, World Gone Wrong. Moore spends most of his time on clarinet and bass clarinet, with a little bit of alto sax and melodica. Percussionist Michael Vatcher uses a fittingly light touch, spending a lot of time with brushes, and accenting with shells. Bassist Lindsey Horner has a strong presence, and is equally adept as impetus and anchor. The opener, "I Pity the Poor Immigrant," is sympathetic and gently sad, featuring some impressive fingerwork from Horner. The group does a very pretty version of "Fourth Time Around," and also beautiful are the versions of "Visions of Johanna" (with Moore on bass clarinet) and "Boots of Spanish Leather." The group takes more liberties with "Two Soldiers" and "With God on Our Side," but never drops the melody altogether.

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