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Granite Falls Advocate Tribune - Granite Falls, MN
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  • Last Saturday night was a special one that brought the unveiling of good friend Jerry Ostensoe’s latest collection of recordings. A crowd of more than a hundred folks were treated not only to many of those new songs but also to many more fine tunes performed very well. The guitar playing by Jerry and Tom Listul...
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  •     Last Saturday night was a special one that brought the unveiling of  good friend Jerry Ostensoe’s latest collection of recordings. A crowd of more than a hundred folks were treated not only to many of those new songs but also to many more fine tunes performed very well.     
    The guitar playing by Jerry and Tom Listul wove a delicate and interesting sound with Dick Kimmel from New Ulm on his mandolin and Graham Sones from Waverly on the banjo.
        They were underscored nicely by Malena Handeen’s strong backing  vocals and some very nice harmonica playing by Pete DenBlaker, backed by  thoughtful bass playing by Richard Handeen and drumming by Chuck Antonson.              Musicians have a way of letting their audience know when they are having fun when performing and there was much evidence of that. You could see it everywhere on stage.
        Dick, Graham and Tom all remarked how much fun it was to sit back, play along and then once in a while take the lead for a few measures before stepping into the background where just playing along was a pleasure for them.
        Adding some extra color to the music was Pete Lothringer from Marshall on a hollow-body electric guitar and later, on a couple of songs, Darwin Dyce from Ghent on the flute.
        It was quite a configuration, with as many as 10 musicians on the stage at once, and yet there was plenty of musical elbow room for the wonderful sound to make its way to the audience.
        Jerry has put countless hours into this latest CD project, which is titled Whatever’s Left of the Day. 10 of the 12 songs were written by Jerry (another was written by Johnny Cash and one by Townes Van Zandt). Recording and re-recording, then adjusting and balancing the sound from the various instruments can eat up long hours. He worked and re-worked the sound package to where he was comfortable with it. That all requires a lot of time and then often, in a day or two, he would find new things to adjust and that would lead to many more hours of work to get it all “just right”.
        This was no small undertaking and Jerry’s attention to detail shows up over and over again on the CD and it showed up on Saturday night, too.
        Putting together an attractive CD package with photos, informational content and overall design takes time, too. In the end, it all has to work together and it does that very well.         The gathering on Saturday was connected by the common threads of music and friendship with the musician who is at the center of the  work and it couldn’t have been nicer.
    Page 2 of 2 -     Jerry’s CD is available around the area including at the Grinder, the Advocate Tribune office, Frogs on the Footbridge, the K.K, Berge building and Java River in Monte. It will make a very nice gift for someone special or for yourself.
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