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4.44 | 13 ratings | 4 reviews | 23% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1978

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Avocet (17:59)
2. Lapwing (1:33)
3. Bittern (7:49)
4. Kingfisher (3:44)
5. Osprey (3:14)
6. Kittiwake (2:47)

Total time: 37:06


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Line-up / Musicians

- Bert Jansch / guitar, piano
- Martin Jenkins / mandocello, violin, flute
- Danny Thompson / bass

Releases information

LP ExLibris EXL 30.005 (1978) Denmark
LP Charisma CLASS 6 (1979) UK
LP Kicking Mule KM 310 (1979) US
2003 CD Castle Music CMQCD76 (2003) UK

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BERT JANSCH Avocet (w/ Martin Jenkins) ratings distribution

(13 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(23%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(54%)
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BERT JANSCH Avocet (w/ Martin Jenkins) reviews

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Review by GruvanDahlman
4 stars This is a surprise and "pleasant" doesn't even begin to describe the feeling. At first I was hesitant about the content of the album. I liked the idea and the cover but sort of lacked the vocals of Jansch. Or so I thought, anyway.

The album consists of six instrumental pieces, vTying in lengts from a couple of minutes to the epic title track with it's striking 18 minutes in length. The songs are all varied but cling together very nicely, bringing musical texture to the wildlife presented on the cover. Now, I am not an ornothologist but I do see before me beautiful scenery with birds flying, eating or whatever they do do.

Avocet is, in essence, a bold step. Not really a too far cry from the folk he'd already produced, yet quite different. Maybe it is due to the fact that Jansch does not sing on the album or maybe it is more of a prog-folk album than anything else he had been recording up to that point. And besides, producing an album of this kind in 1978/1979 shows a musisician totally in control of his vision, being on top of his game. Avocet is a rare little gem, well worth discovering. If you are hesitant, try Kingfisher first. I guatantee you you won't be disappointed.

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5 stars I've always been a regular listener of early Bert Jansch - especially Nicola, Birthday Blues and Rosemary Lane. Already in the first seconds of Avocet, I knew this was a whole different album. The violin, cello an the flute in the great first track (a whole epic of 17min in 1978!) gave a breath t ... (read more)

Report this review (#1468651) | Posted by GKR | Tuesday, September 22, 2015 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Saving the best for last. Well, at least I was, as far as Bert Jansch album reviews. If any album in the Jansch canon could be considered pure Prog Folk, it's Avocet. Yet, I'm only the third reviewer of this incredible work from 1978 that Jansch never bettered, or even tried to. ... (read more)

Report this review (#1441397) | Posted by SteveG | Thursday, July 16, 2015 | Review Permanlink

5 stars - First review of this album - This is one of my favourite Bert Jansch albums and probably the most proggy of his folk/jazz albums. He went out on a limb in 1979 to produce a daring, experimental instrumental album that contains 6 tracks with the 18 minute title track being IMHO a masterpie ... (read more)

Report this review (#732239) | Posted by BarryGlibb | Wednesday, April 18, 2012 | Review Permanlink

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