John Hobson Music

Here are my albums from September 2020 to way back in the last century.

As for the future, in October 2020 Chris Baron and I will be mastering a Neutral Tension album for The Scoring House, followed by another Scoring House album due for release in April next year.

And check out my John Hobson Music YouTube channel for videos, likes and nice comments, such as:

"I've always thought that John was the master of tone (timbre) and dynamics."

"John can make the simplest of melodies sound wonderful."

Greatest Hits

2020: John Hobson Greatest Hits

Slightly whimsical this one: not quite greatest hits, just 16 tracks that I like from the music I've written over the last 100 years or so.

Listen to John Hobson Greatest Hits on Spotify...

Guitar Swing 3

2020: Guitar Swing 3

This album, for 9 Lives Music, was done as a lockdown project during Spring 2020. Started in March and released in June, it's a collection of tracks based on the most successful library albums, mostly in the hot club style.

Listen to Guitar Swing 3 on Spotify...

Listen to Guitar Swing 3 on the 9 Lives Music web site...

Country Sketches

2020: Country Sketches

This album, for The Scoring House, was a collaboration with Chris Baron and Phil Mulford.

Listen to Country Sketches on Spotify...

Listen to Country Sketches on the Scoring House web site...

Intimate Acoustica

2018: Intimate Acoustica

This is another collaboration with Chris Baron for The Scoring House.

Listen to Intimate Acoustica on Spotify...

Listen to Intimate Acoustica on the Scoring House web site...

Guitar Swing 2

2017: Guitar Swing 2

The second Guitar Swing album for 9 Lives Music, with more hot club-style tracks from 2017.

Listen to Guitar Swing 2 on Spotify...

Listen to Guitar Swing 2 on the 9 Lives Music web site...

Quirky Cafe 3

2016: Quirky Café 3

The third Quirky Café album for 9 Lives Music, with more hot club-style tracks. Unlike the Guitar Swing albums, these have contributions from great musicians such as Chris Baron on drums/percussion, Graham Preskett on violin, Jamie Talbot on sax/flute/clarinet and Karen Street on accordion.

Listen to Quirky Café 3 on Spotify...

Listen to Quirky Café 3 on the 9 Lives Music web site...

Guitar Swing

2015: Guitar Swing

The original Guitar Swing album for 9 Lives Music, with 30 hot club-style tracks from 2015.

Listen to Guitar Swing on Spotify...

Listen to Guitar Swing on the 9 Lives Music web site...

Celtic Roots

2015: Celtic Roots

This is a collaboration with Chris Baron for The Scoring House. We contributed about half the tracks for this album.

Listen to Celtic Roots on Spotify...

Listen to Celtic Roots on the Scoring House web site...

Piano Designs

2015: Piano Designs

This album, for 9 Lives Music, is a departure from the usual guitar-based albums. It's a collection of tracks featuring piano and strings.

Listen to Piano Designs on Spotify...

Listen to Piano Designs on the 9 Lives Music web site...

Quirky Cafe 2

2016: Quirky Café 2

The second Quirky Café album for 9 Lives Music, with more hot club-style tracks. Unlike the Guitar Swing albums, these have contributions from great musicians such as Chris Baron on drums/percussion, Graham Preskett on violin, Jamie Talbot on sax/flute/clarinet and Karen Street on accordion.

Listen to Quirky Café 2 on Spotify...

Listen to Quirky Café 2 on the 9 Lives Music web site...

Surreality

2012: Surreality

This is another departure from the usual guitar-based albums. Again for 9 Lives Music, it features piano/strings/accordion on tracks with a gentle French vibe.

Listen to Surreality on Spotify...

Listen to Surreality on the 9 Lives Music web site...

Latin Lounge

2011: Latin Lounge

This is my second album for 9 Lives Music, showcasing short tracks in various Latin styles, with Chris Baron providing the percussion.

Listen to Latin Lounge on Spotify...

Listen to Latin Lounge on the 9 Lives Music web site...

Quirky Cafe

2010: Quirky Café

This is my first album for 9 Lives Music, with hot club-style tracks featuring Graham Preskett on violin and Jamie Talbot on sax/flute/clarinet.

Listen to Quirky Café on Spotify...

Listen to Quirky Café on the 9 Lives Music web site...

Wireless

2001: Wireless

My second album from the musical wilderness at the start of the 21st Century, long before I started writing library music. I was fortunate enough to get Rory McFarlane on upright/electric bass and Chris Garrick on violin.

Review from Richard Ellis at Musician magazine

John Hobson's Wireless (cover photo artfully shows a cutaway 24 fret Fylde with a missing second string) covers related sonic territory [to previous review of Vertical Stride], trio featuring John on guitars and samples, Rory McFarlane on basses and Chris Garrick on violin.

Tunes are all original, mostly ballads, a blues - pleasant, comforting, and rewarding as a glass of warmed mulled wine in your back garden on a cold winter's night.

Some very good stuff here indeed. Maybe not as loud, colourful or fashionable as product to be found in your average High Street record store. However, when that store is closed in due course, or becomes a mobile phone shop selling "Greatest ringtones of the last 15 minutes", I'll still whack Wireless into the CD and press the play button.

He has a very distinctive tone which recalls Pastorius' legato playing. Maybe that's why he needs the two octave fretboard. Not many of us ever get up the "dusty end" of the fingerboard, as we used to say at the old Crouch End Banjo Bar.

Listen to Wireless on Spotify...

Vertical Stride

1998: Vertical Stride

I recorded this album with my studio gear on the bedroom floor of a rented house in Hampshire during 1997/8. I had one of the first hard disk recorders, an Akai DR4D with 500MB of disk space. In order to handle all 16 tracks I had to record half of them, then back up the disk to digital cassette and wipe the disk completely before starting the next 8 tracks. Things have changed slightly since then. With Rory McFarlane on upright/electric bass.

Review from Peter Fyfe at Musician magazine

One good thing about having a keen interest in most kinds of music is that I enjoy and appreciate a wide range of styles. So it was a pleasure to receive this recording of John Hobson.

As the saying goes, not quite folk (even though the performer's choice of guitar is a Fylde, synonymous with a lot of folk musicians), but then again it crosses over nicely into that branch of acoustic jazz that even folk musicians, and anyone else for that matter, will enjoy.

Beautifully played lead, with basic rhythm accompaniment occasionally backed by Rory McFarlane's complementary bass lines, this is an album that matures like a fine malt.

Listen to Vertical Stride on Spotify...