Re: The Hurricane
Jesse Smith released this (his first recording) on cassette when he was 17. He is accompanied on the piano by his mother, Donna Long, and on guitar by Zan Mcleod. Brendan Mulvihill joins him on the final set of reels. Jesse was under the tutelage of Brendan Mulvihill at the time of this recording and he sounds every bit a protege of the grand master himself. Fans of Brendan Mulvihill will be especially appreciative of this offering. His stylistic influence and the selection of tunes make no secret of his impact on the project.
Already at age 17, Jesse was beginning to establish a strong reputation for solid fiddling and musicianship. Mick Maloney wrote an extensive tribute to Jesse in the accompanying liner notes: "…one of the great young talents in Irish music in America. He is a remarkable fiddler who combines power and vitality with a purity of tone rarely found in the music of such a youthful player…he is sure to be a star performer in Irish music in America in years to come."
The cassette doesn’t disappoint. Fans of Jesse Smith will note that the style of playing recorded here, while impressive, bears little resemblance to the style he would later develop and embrace as demonstrated on his later projects, "Jigs and Reels," or in his playing with Danu, The Tap Room Trio, etc.