Review of Endless by Richard Osborn, 2017
“Har, har, har, har, har”
Sometimes it seems to me to listen to that laugh, somewhere, maybe over my left shoulder, John Fahey’s laugh, the same one you can find in his book “How bluegrass destroyed my life”, when he talks baout Michelangelo Antonioni … “Har, har, har, har, har”, it seems to me tohear that laugh while I listen to this “Endless”, the last cd produced by the American guitarist Richard Osborn.
“Har, har, har, har, har” laughs John Fahey, and he laughs heartily along with Robbie Basho, well maybe Robbie Basho doesn’t laugh so loudly like Fahey, he was a more quiet and gentle person, maybe Basho smiles sweetly, but the meaning is the same: “What have we done John? We just wanted to play something..we had some good ideas, we combined the blues with Indian ragas, each of us in his own way and what have we created? A school?
“Har, har, har, har, har. Just so dear Basho, look, look around, it’s amazing, we have been discovered and rediscovered, thousands of people have fallen in love with our music and we have been taken as examples, they took their 6 and 12 strings acoustic guitars and have started from where we stopped, where the Fates have cut our wires and look, look they have flooded the world with their music, beautiful, melancholic, dreamy music… “
The two good old guys are right and they know it….
Take for example this “Endless” CD produced by Richard Osborn. Osborn has a great story to tell: Robbie Basho’s student in the early 1970. He then disappeared from public view, due to a severe injury to his left hand And e reappeared in 2010, participating in the Tompkins Square’s compilation Beyond Berkeley Guitar, and in 2012 he released his first solo album, “Giving Voice: Guitar Explorations”, followed in 2015 by “Freehand”. And now, his “Endless” continues his own creative path, a path that moves between those “American ragas” started years ago by Basho, that continues between classical music, blues and shapes of idiomatic improvisation, adding a new chapter to what it’s becoming theBAsho’s established tradition.
You can dream about the music of Richard Osborn and maybe … “Har, har, har, har, har.” Damn you, dear old John Fahey …