Critical Jazz

There are a handful of certainties in life and they are death, taxes and the groove of JC Stylles!
 
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
 
JC Stylles is a Big Apple fixture and I mean that in the best possible light. The exponential growth of Stylles since his last release in 2011 should have critics heads snapping in his direction in short order. While the previous release embraced the swing hard or go home sound of the more traditional organ trio, Blakey Grease features an expanded lineup showcasing the incredible depth and range of one of the finest guitarists that New York has to offer.
 
An artist is only creative as he or she feels however the dare to different presentation of Stylles shows an incredibly harmonic flip side to the foot to the floor swing which could have easily branded Stylles as a one trick pony. What has remained consistent are the clean linear solos, a fluid and methodical zen like attack where no notes are wasted. JC Stylles gets in and gets out without every getting in his own way. The front line is rounded out with alto saxophonist David Lee Jones and tenor saxophonist Troy Roberts. Jones and Roberts offer up a unique dichotomy of sound and counterpoint while Stylles remains firmly grounded in the middle. The rhythm section is completed with the in the pocket finesses of Lawrence Leathers on drums and the strength of Kyle Koehler on Hammond B3. The odd metered minor key blues infusion of the Lee Morgan tune "Yama" takes a ballad to a more soulful place with rising star organ wiz Kyle Kohler. The reharm of the Hank Mobley number "Hipsippy Blues" is a delightfully syncopated romp that is the classic Stylles swing laid down in the more traditional working band type sound. The Claire Fischer tune "Pensativa" an elegant tune with a strong lyrical sense of purpose. Negatives? Nothing to grind on here although it is worth mentioning half the tunes are Wayne Shorter compositions and they are banged out with panache and style!
 
If you are not hip to JC Stylles, get hip. If you already are then Blakey Grease should make your musical back leg shake...I love it when that happens!

Press Highlights!

On the US Radio Jazz Charts top 50 for 12 consecutive weeks!!!

 

"And then virtually out of nowhere, came a monster of a jazz guitar player, 4 stars!"

-          Jeff Simon/Buffalo News

 

"What can you say about this guitar man other than “fugedaboudit!?"

 - Chris Spector/Midwest Records


"It seems like everything that Stylles’ delivers is capable of evoking a state of euphoria!"

-          Dan Bilawsky/AllAboutJazz

 

“Stylles alters the landscape with a highly charged state of musical pleasure”

-Ed Blanco AAJ 

 

"Stylles comes out of the gate blazing with the mighty facility akin to a George Benson or Pat Martino…this group means serious jazz business…head boppin’, finger-snappin’ swing, grounded in the blues, grits-and-gravy grooves. The result is joy and happiness."

-Greg Thomas/NY DailyNews


"Stylles has a gift for redoing vocal material with instrumental panache…put’s the “S” in smouldering!"

- Doug Simpson/Audio Audition

 

"Guitarist J.C. Stylles is helping to keep alive a venerable jazz tradition… the organ trio… there is lots of exhilaration here… Stylles is a fine ballad player, but he plainly lives for uptempo burners,… There is not a single weak track on this very impressive album!"

Rick Anderson-All Music Review

 


"JC Stylles is a shining star and while the stock market may continue on shaky ground, Stylles musical stock seems to be an arrow pointing straight up!

5 stars! Swing hard or go home! One of the years very best! "

Brent Black-Critical Jazz

 

Full press transcripts are available below!

 

Critical Jazz

JC Stylles Exhilaration & Other States Motema 2011

JC Stylles music comes from a gutteral place, deep from within. This is not music taught, its something felt and the translation of "style" touches the soul and sets your hair on fire all at the same time.
This is good.
One of the most impressive debut releases of the year finds guitarist JC Stylles crushing a fascinating mix of tunes that range from Stevie Wonder and R. Kelly to Cole Porter and Billie Holiday. Organ trios and slightly larger organ ensembles have been turning out some stellar releases this year but Stylles firmly establishes himself as the leader with Pat Bianchi on organ and Lawrence Leathers on drums. The trio swings hard but with just the right amount of soul to keep things interesting. Chemistry bleeds through your speakers as this trio plays and blends as one harmonious musical train of thought.
The release opens with a blistering "Knucklebean" showcasing Stylles and organ phenom Pat Bianchi while drummer Leathers rides the groove comfortably in the pocket for all its worth. A more straight ahead version of Stevie Wonder's "I Cant Help It" which gained popularity from the Michael Jackson "Off The Wall" album displays Stylles ability to shift musical gears effortlessly. Bianchi is the perfect partner throughout the recording while Leathers swings like a beast. Dialing the intesity back just a touch, Stylles creates a blues infused soulful expression on the Billy Eckstine classic, "I Want To Talk About You." The trio kicks back into high gear with a scorching version of Cole Porter's "Love For Sale." Make no mistake, this is as old school as it gets and it has never sounded better. It is however the wonderful if not slightly eclectic mix of tunes that fit these three musicians perfectly and allow the release to take flight.
Comparisons are made to the guitar styles of George Benson, Pat Martino and perhaps Tal Farlow and while fair and valid make no mistake, Stylles is his own man and swings his own way with an energy that is infectious. Technically proficient and artistically gifted, JC Stylles is a shining star and while the stock market may continue on shaky ground, Stylles musical stock seems to be an arrow pointing straight up!
5 stars! Swing hard or go home! One of the years very best!

All Music Review

Review

by Rick Anderson

Guitarist J.C. Stylles is helping to keep alive a venerable jazz tradition, one that for a while seemed in danger of fading away: the organ trio. Although he leads this group and his solos are the focal point, it's the sound of Pat Bianchi's Hammond B-3 organ that really defines the character of the ensemble. Since jazz organists provide their own basslines (using the organ pedals), the only other member of the trio is the exquisitely tasteful drummer Laurence Leathers; while everyone swings mightily, it's Leathers who quietly creates the rhythmic structure against which their swing pushes, and who makes possible both Stylles' and Bianchi's exhilarating flights of musical fancy. And as the title suggests, there is lots of exhilaration here: Stylles is a fine ballad player, but he plainly lives for uptempo burners, and those are the highlights on this album: a scorching version of "Love for Sale" (which notably features a frantic-sounding but actually tightly controlled organ solo), a delightful arrangement of Stevie Wonder's "I Can't Help It," and an equally fun version of "Knucklebean." Stylles demonstrates his facility with unusual arrangements by adapting R. Kelly's "It Seems Like You're Ready" as a ballad, and by taking the chord changes from John Coltrane's whole-tone-scale-based "Giant Steps" and writing a new melody in samba style over them, calling the result "Samba Steps." There is not a single weak track on this very impressive album.

NY Daily News

Philosopher Susanne Langer argued that art expresses human feeling within form. If that's true, then exhilaration is truly one of the sentiments rendered by the JC Stylles organ trio on this date.

Stylles comes out of the gate blazing with the mighty facility akin to a George Benson or Pat Martino on "Knucklebean," accompanied by the furry glove fit of his bandmates, Hammond B3 organist Pat Bianchi, and drummer Lawrence Leathers. As Leathers drives the ensemble, Stylles and Bianchi engage in the fun leap-frog game of trading choruses.

It's clear that this group means serious jazz business, swingin' the Stevie Wonder tune "I Can't Help It" with controlled abandon. Some argue that pop songs of today are more difficult to render in a jazz style; Stylles' trio offers several exceptions to such a rule. For the R. Kelly song "It Seems Like You're Ready," Stylles sings the melody on guitar, interspersing Wes Montgomery-style octaves with ease.

Several other ballads — "Don't Explain" and "I Want to Talk About You" — explore the intimate, late-night side of the trio's simpatico. But unabashed, no-holds-barred swing is the main thrust, as they hit the sweet spot of the jazz tradition on Cole Porter's "Love for Sale," Wayne Shorter's "Pinnochio" and a Stylles original, "Samba Steps," based on the classic "Giant Steps" by John Coltrane.

Stylles gives us plenty of organ trio jazz, with head bobbin', finger-snapping swing, grounded in the blues, and grits-and-gravy grooves. The result is joy and happiness.

Audio Audition

 

 

 

JC Stylles – Exhilaration and Other States – Motema

 

 

 

 

JC Stylles – Exhilaration and Other States – Motema MTM-68, 48:17 ***1/2:

(JC Stylles – guitar; Pat Bianchi – Hammond B-3 organ; Lawrence Leathers – drums)

A little bit modern and a little bit retro, that’s the sound of guitarist JC Stylles. The Australian-born and current NYC-based musician has garnered a reputation in the land Down Under and among Big Apple soul-jazz enthusiasts who love the classic guitar/B-3/drums trio format. While Stylles is a new alias, older fans know Stylles by his given name, Jason Campbell. But due to a prolific amount of media and Internet information related to an NFL player with the same name, JC Stylles became Campbell’s nom de jazz.

The aptly-titled Exhilaration and Other States marks Stylles’ debut (although as Campbell he released two previous albums) as well as his first for the Motema label. The nine tracks – one original and eight well-chosen covers – are partial to muscle and groove but don’t skimp on slower-burning material. On the CD’s artwork, Stylles looks like someone steeped in early rock and roll or retro-rockabilly. Truthfully he has studied his jazz heroes closely, which can be heard on the opener, a fast-paced run-through of Bobby Hutcherson’s oft-sampled swinger, “Knucklebean,” from Hutcherson’s 1977 LP of the same name, issued in 2007 as part of a Mosaic Select boxed set. This blues-tinted piece is an excellent trio intro, showcasing Stylles’ George Benson-inflected playing, Hammond B-3 organist Pat Bianchi’s soulful keyboard stabs and drummer Lawrence Leathers’ in-the-pocket groove. This probably goes down well on stage.

A contemporary number definitely developed for live performance is Stevie Wonder’s “I Can’t Help It,” a Michael Jackson hit. The inspiration came when Stylles and his trio were doing a gig the day Jackson’s death was reported and a club-goer requested the band musically pay respect. A week later “I Can’t Help It” was added to the set list. Stylles keeps the arrangement upbeat and straightforward and trades solos with Bianchi, pushing the melody aside at times in favor of strutting improvisation. Another modern R&B piece which gets reinterpreted in a jazz mode is R. Kelly’s moody romantic ballad “It Seems Like You’re Ready,” where Stylles gently shimmers on guitar and really illustrates his Benson influence and Leathers manipulates his sticks and cymbals with a slow ticking pulse.

Jazz fans, though, undoubtedly will lean toward cuts made famous by Billie Holiday, Wayne Shorter and John Coltrane. Holiday’s standard “Don’t Explain” – the longest track – exploits the trio’s restraint, fronted by Stylles’ voice-like chord phrases and Leathers’ softly-rendered brushes. Bianchi amps up the proceedings a tad when he solos. This version won’t replace those recorded by other artists but does prove Stylles has a gift for redoing vocal material with instrumental panache. Although numerous musicians have recorded Billy Eckstine’s classic “I Want to Talk About You,” Stylles is one of many listeners mesmerized by Coltrane’s take. Here, Stylles utilizes the full sustain of his custom Palen archtop guitar (the same shown on the cover art no doubt) to craft smoothly shifting notes which put the “S” in smoldering. On the flip side, the threesome turns Shorter’s “Pinocchio” (misspelled as “Pinnochio”) into an animated highlight. It does not appear anyone has ever switched this tribute to the Disney character into a vigorous and soulful organ/guitar/drums feature, so kudos to Stylles for bringing a fresh viewpoint to this boppish tune previously done by Miles Davis, Weather Report and others. Stylles ends with his own work, the energetic “Samba Steps,” based on the chordal progression of Coltrane’s “Giant Steps.” While not stellar, hopefully Stylles will attempt similar offerings in the future.
 

 

Midwest Records

MOTEMA
J.C. STYLES/Exhilaration and Other States: What can you say about this guitar man other than ‘fugedaboudit!'? He thinks this is an organ trio and he plays guitar. And he plays and leads in classic 60s organ trio fashion with loads of swing and style but no old man dust. Simply a classic burner, this is just one of those killer dates that more fun to listen to than read about. Killer stuff that stings like a king b (3, of course). If this classic sound is up your alley, there's nothing here to disappoint. Jump on it.
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All About Jazz

 

By
DAN BILAWSKY,    
Published: July 17, 2011
JC Stylles: Exhilaration And Other States
The photos that adorn the cover and back panel of guitarist JC Stylles Exhilaration And Other States make Stylles look like a cross between a '50s rockabilly musician and a Brian Setzer wannabe, but his music has nothing to do with either one. The Australian-born and New York-based guitarist deals in burning organ trio swing, with a few ballads and some other seasonings thrown in for good measure, as he tackles standards and a few surprises from outside the jazz canon.

Both Stylles' biography and his music betray a fondness for George Benson's playing, but not the Benson that sets off fusion fireworks or deals in smooth grooves. Stylles' style usually veers closer to the Benson that took the baton from Wes Montgomery and ran with it.

While Stylles is clearly the star of this show, his trio mates are superb supporting players that help to drive this music along. Organist Pat Bianchi brings his bright and cutting sound to bear on a large number of these pieces, but he also proves to be a sensitive accompanist, capable of dialing things down when the music calls for it ("Don't Explain"). His solos on the livelier material can be exciting and unpredictable, as demonstrated with some sprays of notes on "Tune For Roger," or straightforward in a pleasing manner. As per most organ group recordings, the drummer—Lawrence Leathers—gets little space to solo, but Leathers' swinging drumming is the heartbeat of this music.

Stylles' choice of repertoire is as eclectic as can be, covering everybody from Cole Porter and Billie Holiday to Stevie Wonder and R. Kelly, but he manages to find a common thread in most of the material. He lights up the faster numbers with his articulate single note lines and his solo trading with Bianchi, and he takes complete control on the ballads, which can be haunting ("Don't Explain") or heavenly ("I Want To Talk About You"). Stylles isn't afraid to detour into slick, R&B territory (R. Kelly's "It Seems Like You're Ready"), but the guitarist sounds best on material that moves at a sprinter's pace, as demonstrated by his searing solo work on Wayne Shorter's "Pinnochio."

While the music on Exhilaration And Other States may cover a wide range of emotions, it seems like everything that Stylles' delivers is capable of evoking a state of euphoria.

Buffalo News

 
JC Stylles: Exhilaration and Other States

 

Published:July 15, 2011, 12:00 AM

[Motema]

4 stars

And then virtually out of nowhere, came a monster of a jazz guitar player.

OK, JC Stylles is not exactly out of nowhere. The young guitarist has a couple of discs to his name. But any experienced and skeptical jazz listener who simply listens to just the first two cuts of this is likely to experience suddenly widened pupils and thoughts of a new Pat Martino and Tal Farlow galloping through the world (while making major stands at Perk’s jazz club in Harlem and Harlem’s American Legion Post on 132nd Street).

The publicity that comes with this disc mentions that Stylles “studied” with Martino and Farlow, but it’s hard to believe that the Australian—and adopted New Yorker — did much more than play for Martino and Farlow and receive, in return, smiling, warmhearted approval ear to ear.

A good part of Stylles’ ability to, as jazz guitar warrior Rodney Jones puts it, “swing you to death” is that he presents himself to the world in what may now be the primal jazz guitar format — with organist and drummer. The organist here is Pat Bianchi, who can play Jimmy Smith to Stylles’ Kenny Burrell, with a good deal of the primal fire of his model (while Stylles himself routinely plays at much higher temperatures than the ever-cool and soulful Burrell).

We’re talking, then, about jazz meat and potatoes so pure that there isn’t even a side order of peas — just dollops of aptly ladled brown gravy now and then. The tunes couldn’t be better for gauging a musician’s chops and soul — “Love for Sale,” Eddie Marshall’s “Knucklebean,” Wayne Shorter’s “Pinocchio,” Stevie Wonder’s “I Can’t Help It,” and, yes, R. Kelly’s “It Seems Like You’re Ready.”

Jazz guitar records don’t come much more basic than this. And they don’t introduce you to emerging guitarists more capable than this either.

—Jeff Simon

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Performance/Tour News Performance/Tour News | Posted: 2010-07-02


Jason Campbell's Jazz at Creole Restaurant & Supper Club in Harlem, NY on July 10th. 2010

SOURCE: 319 Public Relations
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Jason Campbell
Creole Restaurant and Supper Club is one of the hottest haunts in New York. With a list of performers that include Dave Valentin, James Spaulding, Cyrus Chestnut and David Murray just to name a few, Creole reigns supreme in the New York Jazz community. And let us not forget about their wonderfully scrumptious menu consisting of such flavorful dishes as Blackened Spicy Catfish, Gator Etouffee, Blackened Shrimp, Sweet Potato Beignets, and 20 different gumbo variations ..oh yes indeed!

On Saturday July 10, 2010 Jazz guitarist Jason Campbell will dish up his own particular band of tasty treats as he sets the night on fire with his special guest Mel Davis on organ, along with G. Earl Grice on drums at Creole Supper Club of 2167 Third Avenue 10035 in Harlem, NY with a show at 8pm and 10pm.

Australian born Jazz guitarist Jason Campbell grew up in the tropical rainforests of North Queensland. Although Australia maybe the last place people would expect to find the inspiration for becoming a jazz musician, at seven years of age that is exactly where Campbell was first exposed to the legendary music of John Coltrane and Charlie Parker due to his stepfathers very note worthy record collection. Jason found his focus at age 13 when he had the distinctive pleasure of also hearing guitarist Wes Montgomery and George Benson. He fell in love with their rich full body sound and has been playing guitar ever since.

Jason Campbell brings his style and richness to the table as he blends contemporary tunes from artists like D'Angelo and Janet Jackson with his straight a-head jazz groove. His hip new approach to Jazz will make you a Jazz lover if you weren't before. You are invited to join The Jason Jazz movement on Saturday July 10, at CREOLE Supper Club located at 2167 Third Avenue 10035, NE corner of 118th Street. With CREOLEs tasteful decorative art work- ambiance, delicious international cuisine and their top of the mark entertainment, it will the perfect unforgettable evening. This night promises to move you, groove you and have you dancing in the aisles!

For tickets and reservations please call 212-876-8838 or for more info call 646

 

 

 

 

 

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Thu 14 Sep 2006

Celeb Sighting: “It’s Uptown” with George Benson

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george3.jpgThis past Sunday George Benson paid a visit to the American Legion Post at 132nd and Frederick Douglas where he played a jazz and blues set to the delight of the crowd.
Jason Campbell, an Australian turned Harlemite and protege of Benson’s since the age of 16, was thrilled to get the chance to play with Benson.
He borrowed my guitar and joined the great Seleno Clarke on Hammond Organ where he played [the] blues (Billie’s Bounce) and a rendition of [his hit] “Breezin’”. Jimmy Preacher Robins then joined George on organ for a couple of tunes.
George then commented on how when Seleno (who many years ago played tenor saxophone) told George he wanted to switch to organ years ago, George had asked him “why” when there were already many great organ players around like Dr Lonnie Smith and others.George said he was really glad to see Seleno had stuck to his guns and become the great organ player he is today. He then went on to say how he always enjoys coming back and playing in Harlem, especially since in his opinion “Harlem crowds are the toughest because they have heard EVERYTHING over the years, and you can’t fool a Harlem crowd.”
He was also very complimentary to me about my playing and my feel and chops and said “we need to get together and play”.
Mr. Benson, a legendary jazz guitarist, is best known for the Quincy Jones produced song “Give Me the Night,” “The Masquerade is Over,” and “The Greatest Love of All.”
Photo and tip submitted by: Jason Campbell of J.C. and the Jazz Hoppers. JC in far left, George Benson on mic. More pics on the flickr.com album.
 
 
 

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Jason Campbell | Self Produced (2009)

 


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' feelings—can'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's cold outside, Ritha, Low Down and Dirty, Over & Out Personnel: Jason Campbell: guitar; Darren Heinrich: organ; Andrew Dickeson: drums.

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O’s Place Jazznewsletter  Review

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JC & Jazz Hoppers

Jazz-Hop
Chillin' At Home
Kool

Performance: 4
Sound: 4

O's Notes: These are cool blues coming from Jason Campbell (JC on guitar), Col Nolan (B3) and Andrew Dickeson (d). They play seven popular tunes and burners. This includes a couple of JC's, originals notably the funky "Fresh Roast" with guest drummer Evan Mannell. JC cooks on "Our Delight". We also liked his arrangement of "Don't Worry, Be Happy".

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 February 2, 2007

Media Alert: JC & The Jazz Hoppers "Chillin@Home" JH001 (Street Date: January 1, 2007)


CD Review: This review will be carried shortly by the All-Music Guide.


JC and the Jazz Hoppers
Chillin' at Home
Jazz Hop
001
2007
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For his debut album, Australian guitarist Jason Campbell} leads a trio that
also includes organist {$Col Nolan} and drummer {$Andrew Dickeson} on a
program that cunningly combines elements of both the new and the old: few
combo configurations are as traditional as this, but his repertoire is a
mixture of jazz standards, original compositions, and unusual settings of
pop standards like {$Bobby McFerrin}'s {&"Don't Worry, Be Happy"} and
{$Janet Jackson}'s {&"Anytime, Anyplace"}. Rest assured that {$Campbell}
isn't trying to pawn off any kind of predigested jazz-pop fusion here -- his
style is strictly straight-ahead, "funky" only in the jazz sense of the
term, and firmly grounded in the playing of his heroes and teachers from the
old school. It's just that the themes he chooses as the basis for his
arrangements sometimes come from sources other than the Broadway and Tin Pan
Alley books that have supplied most of the standard jazz repertoire. For
most of the album he stays in a simmering, midtempo mode, imparting a gentle
but insistent groove to {&"Don't Worry, Be Happy"} and the {$Norah Jones}
hit {&"Don't Know Why"}. But on his own sweetly grooving {&"Dark Roast"} and
a wonderful rendition of {$Tadd Dameron}'s {&"Our Delight"} (presented here
in two separate takes}, he puts a bit more steam behind the swing and the
result is both muscular and lightly graceful. Overall, this is a very
statisfying record from a talent that will bear watching in the future.

By Rick Anderson

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 December 13, 2006

Media Alert: JC & The Jazz Hoppers "Chillin@Home" JH001 (Street Date: January 1, 2007)

CD Review: JazzWeek 12-18-06

J.C. And The Jazz Hoppers
Chillin’ At Home (Jazz-Hop)
GUITARIST JASON CAMPBELL makes all the right moves here on his debut CD. Fronting a classic-sounding organ trio (which includes Col Nolan on B3 and Andrew Dickeson on drums), Campbell plays with a warm tone that recalls Wes Montgomery. And while he talks about his love of WM and George Benson, listeners will also hear a bit of Pat Martino’s angularity and John Scofield’s attack. The leader mixes it up, playing originals, modern standards like “Don’t Know Why” and “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” as well as the Tadd Dameron gem “Our Delight” (stick with the first of the two versions). A fine effort from this previously unknown guitarist.
– Tad Hendrickson

 

 

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December 9, 2006

Media Alert: JC & The Jazz Hoppers "Chillin @ Home" JH001 (Street Date: January 1, 2007)


CD Review: jazzReview.com

http://www.jazzreview.com/cd/review-18371.html

Featured Artist: JC & The Jazz Hoppers

CD Title: Chillin' At Home    

Year: 2007    

Record Label: Jazz Hop Inc.    

Style: Straight-Ahead / Classic    

Musicians: Jason Campbell (guitar), Col Nolan (Hammond B3 organ), Andrew Dickeson (drums), Evan Mannell (drums on track 2).    

Review: JC & The Jazz Hoppers are new to the American jazz market. Australian jazz guitarist, Jason Campbell, formed the trio a few years ago with organist Col Nolan and drummer Andrew Dickeson.
Chillin’ At Home is a studio production and will be released on this side of the ocean in early January 2007. The combo kicks off the session with a most unlikely number, Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” Campbell doesn’t water-down his jazz style in order to sell a few more copies of his CD. A disciple of George Benson, the guitarist traveled to the USA for workshop studies with the likes of John Scofield, Tal Farlow, Freddie Hubbard, Pat Martino and Rodney Jones. This writer noticed a classy 1950s flavor to some of the trio’s work. Listeners are treated to two versions of Tadd Dameron’s 1948 composition “Our Delight.” Two Jason Campbell originals are thrown into the mix in the form of the up-tempo “Fresh Roast” and the romantic “Aria 4 Daria.”

This is a tightly woven unit with a single voice emanating from the center of the mass. The players have not forgotten their music’s roots and blue notes flow freely as they dish out their exciting sounds. Chillin’ At Home is worth a close listen.



Tracks:
Don’t Worry Be Happy, Fresh Roast, Don’t Know Why, Aria 4 Daria, Our Delight, Anytime Anyplace, Our Delight (alt. take).    

Artist's Website:
http://www.jcandthejazzhoppers.com

Reviewed by:
Richard Bourcier   

 

 

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