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Jeff Campbell Trio: A Declaration of Optimism

Read "A Declaration of Optimism" reviewed by Alexander M. Stern

Bassist Jeff Campbell's A Declaration of Optimism is a beautiful album with a lot to say, and manages to say it all in a very quiet way.

Beginning with the title track, Campbell's piano-less trio, also featuring tenor saxophonist John Wojciechowski = 15550}}, and drummer John Hollenbeck, establishes an intimate connection between the three instrumental voices. Appropriately, Campbell's voice is dominant, setting the tone on each track. Wojciechowski's ebullient tenor saxophone occupies the foreground, but it's always clear that Campbell ...

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Jeff Campbell: A Declaration of Optimism

Read "A Declaration of Optimism" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Bassist Jeff Campbell's A Declaration of Optimism's underlying theme of positivity is channeled into an engaging trio recording. An associate professor of jazz studies and contemporary media at the Eastman School of Music, Campbell divides his many duties between family, teaching, and performances with notables across the globe. When a good thing works, it's best to stick with it. Campbell reenlists two first callers and assured leaders--drummer John Hollenbeck and saxophonist John Wojciechowski, who both appeared on ...

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Jeff Campbell: West End Avenue

Read "West End Avenue" reviewed by Eric J. Iannelli

West End Avenue was recorded in March 2003, just a few months after bassist Jeff Campbell's session with Trio East that resulted in Stop-Start, and, like that slightly earlier session, it features no harmonic instrument. Only this time around trumpeter Clay Jenkins has been replaced by tenor saxophonist and clarinetist John Wojciechowski, and drummer Rich Thompson with John Hollenbeck. The disc contains a mix of original compositions and songs by Irving Berlin ("How Deep Is the Ocean"), ...


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