Zilber's first album, recorded in 2005 at the age of 16. Currently out of print, this is the last place you can get this CD. ~CD Review, by Mike Hardy (Canberra Blues Society)~ Jonno first appeared in the Canberra music scene about four or five years ago, a young teenager accompanying his dad (David) to blues and roots gigs in the local pubs and clubs. Although somewhat reticent among the drinking and smoking classes, Jonno was keen from the start to take advantage of every opportunity to play guitar with the established local musos. It soon became apparent that here was an innate talent worthy of nurturing and with the support of Steve Russell, Lloyd Spiegel and Dutch Tilders among others Jonno's skill and feel for blues guitar blossomed. Then in early 2005 Jonno startled many of us performing a solo acoustic set, singing some of his own songs and playing harmonica in addition to the fine guitar playing we were becoming accustomed to. Jonno held the stage like any seasoned professional: relaxed, confident and totally at home in front of an audience. Jonno's song-writing is direct and to the point. His ability to say exactly what he means is enviable. He has the courage to tell us what is important to him and just how he feels about it: the essence of good song-writing which Jonno is already tapping into. The soulful I'm Ok reflects the grief of the unattainable, funky Caffeine takes a light-hearted look at one of life's less tragic addictions, and the lively road boogie, Morapoi paints an immediate picture familiar to anyone who's travelled the highways of Oz. For those of us who have watched Jonno from the beginning this CD is a real treat. It stands as a benchmark of achievement in the burgeoning career of a talented and motivated young musician. Jonno has real empathy for the style and colour of the blues he plays. This is raw and natural music making direct from the performer to the listener with minimal production trickery intervening. Of course this will not appeal to audiences raised on a diet of million dollar video clips and the glam of 'Idol', but aficionados of blues and roots music will immediately grasp it's honest credentials while being gratified to hear the tradition being reinvigorated by a talent of the next generation. Although this album lacks the Polish that only production money and recording experience can buy it is alive, musical, direct and honest. Jonno is sure to attract more and more fans as his career grows and all of those fans will want to hear his origins. Well, here they are.
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