The Laurel Canyon sound lives again in the shape of Jonathan Wilson. In everything he does this bearded 38-year-old guitar hero/producer curates a kind of laid-back Californian music heritage in direct lineage to Crosby, Stills and Nash – who all guest in return on his lovely new album, Fanfare. Indeed, the track Cecil Taylor where they provide backing vocals, is indisputably better than anything the old boys have produced in decades. Carolina-born Wilson has been a slow-burner; it’s only his second “long player”. His 2011 debut, on Bella Union, Gentle Spirit, exuded a hippy but not dippy charm; Fanfare is equally derivative but now the whole sound is more expansive and he seems to have inhaled some of the lyrical edge of the great Roy Harper. Wilson produced Harper’s latest album and accompanied the 70-something Manc maverick at his recent Bridgewater Hall concert. In 2009 Wilson moved his recording studio to from Laurel Canyon to Los Angeles. Well, you can take the troubadour out of the Canyon but you can’t….

Thu 28 Nov, Gorilla, 54-56 Whitworth Street West, M1 5WW. 7.30pm, £12,

Thu 28 Nov
Neil Sowerby
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Mon 25 Nov 2013