Ballads, Blues, Bebop & Beyond

Ballads, Blues, Bebop & Beyond

by Tony Campise
     
 

Tony Campise plays tenor, alto, baritone, and soprano sax; flute; bass clarinet -- if they could retrofit a reed onto the diesel smokepipes of an 18-wheeler, he'd probably play that too. The Texan (primarily) tenor sax player is something of a local jazz legend, and no wonder; if jazz is like a religion, Campise is a perfect apostle. Ballads, Blues, Bebop & Beyond<See more details below

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Tony Campise plays tenor, alto, baritone, and soprano sax; flute; bass clarinet -- if they could retrofit a reed onto the diesel smokepipes of an 18-wheeler, he'd probably play that too. The Texan (primarily) tenor sax player is something of a local jazz legend, and no wonder; if jazz is like a religion, Campise is a perfect apostle. Ballads, Blues, Bebop & Beyond is his fourth release, featuring labelmates Joe LoCascio, Erich Avinger, and many of the same players from his last disc. Though this is primarily made up of standards, Campise again adds a few originals (including the boppin' "Foothills" and the atmospheric "Canyon of the Spirits"). The material moves around a lot, beginning with the startling simplicity of Billy Strayhorn's "Lush Life," only to change direction with Miles Davis' "Teo" (featuring Dennis Dotson on trumpet) and a dizzying dual-guitar duel on John Coltrane's "Impressions." If that's not cool enough for you, the band's take on Charles Mingus' "Haitian Fight Song" oozes hipness out of its pores (Dotson is again a genuine asset). Campise is clearly comfortable in a variety of venues, a shapeshifting sax player who can cut the notes up into little pieces, stretch them over a small eternity, and make them cry on command. Those accolades aside, however, many listeners would rather hear a jazz great playing good music than a good jazz band playing great music, and the latter is ultimately the best description for Ballads, Blues, Bebop & Beyond. Still, Campise and his kind are keeping the flame alive, living proof that as long as jazz affects a few people strongly, artists will continue to pour their craft into its re-telling.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/28/1995
Label:
Heart Music
UPC:
0000206000620
catalogNumber:
6

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tony Campise   Primary Artist,Flute,Bass Flute,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Joe LoCascio   Piano
Mitch Watkins   Guitar
Dave Morgan   Bass,Bass Guitar
Erich Avinger   Guitar
Sandy Allen   Piano
Evan Arredondo   Bass,Bass Guitar
Dennis Dotson   Trumpet
Doug Hall   Piano
A.D. Mannion   Drums
Chris Marsh   Bass,Bass Guitar
Steve Summer   Drums
John Mills   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Tony Campise   Contributor
Joe LoCascio   Contributor
Mitch Watkins   Contributor
Dave Morgan   Contributor
Erich Avinger   Contributor
Sandy Allen   Contributor
Evan Arredondo   Contributor
Tab Bartling   Producer
Andy Bradley   Engineer
Dennis Dotson   Contributor
Doug Hall   Contributor
A.D. Mannion   Contributor
Chris Marsh   Contributor
Stuart Sullivan   Engineer
Steve Summer   Contributor
Jennifer Jaqua   Art Direction
John Mills   Arranger

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