Jazz guitarist Jason Campbell recorded this live album with his trio in Sydney, Australia, just before he left for New York and a new home where he continues to interpret covers of classic themes as well as sterling originals. It's not just any trio. Campbell brings the memorable guitar/organ combo sound back to mainstream jazz with a velvet-thumping organ bass line and curlicue melodies from Darren Heinrich, appropriate textures from drummer Andrew Dickeson which suit each composition to a tee, and stellar guitar rides that portray Campbell as a lover of the fine art of bending strings and weighing in with spontaneous licks.
The trio swings on numbers such as "Baby, It's Cold Outside" and "The Sidewinder" with echoes of the veteran units who put those lovely songs on the map. Each of the three artists puts a fresh outlook on these classic pieces, as the guitar skyrockets with enthusiasm, the organ pumps up a firestorm with its unique texture, and the drum set cascades upon a solid foundation that's ever-changing in its approach. George Benson's "Low Down & Dirty" falls into place as a mood piece that ripples under the skin with head-shakin' feelingscan't help getting caught up in that one.
Campbell's trio plays music for the soul, music to remember, and music that unwinds those taut "guitar strings" that are carried around with us in the form of headaches or just plain old depression. He and his band mates provide a permanent cure for the blues and a big boost for optimism.
Track Listing: The Sidewinder; Segment; Old Folks; Baby, It
Personnel: Jason Campbell: guitar; Darren Heinrich: organ; Andrew Dickeson: drums.
The first jazz record I received
as a visiting gift from my
Japanese uncle at his
international division of
Toshiba EMI Tokyo was a
sample copy of Miles Davis'
Bitches Brew. A game
changer redirecting my
browsing habits and collection.