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A FEW PRECIOUS MINUTES WITH GEORGE VAN EPS (Downbeat, New York City, c. 1969)

What follows is a small, unpolished gold nugget for the ears.  And for the years.  Six minutes and seven strings: George Van Eps, solo, at the Downbeat, a New York City restaurant / jazz club.  My source says 1967 or 8, but I am guessing a little later, given newspaper accounts.  The two songs are A LOVE SONG FOR JO (his devoted wife) and MOUNTAIN GREENERY.

As is the case with so many rarities I’ve been digitizing, some distortion — thanks to the chemical limitations of acetate recording tape — and some chatter — thanks to steaks and Scotch, I wager — are yours free of charge.  My ears got used to both, and Van Eps — inventing and re-inventing the guitar as “a lap piano,” is the wonder of the age.  Play it for the children, too — especially those who think that the history of the guitar began when they started lessons.

May your happiness increase!