by Jim Campilongo


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Jim Campilongo has received a good deal more exposure after his move to N.Y.C. and subsequent association with Norah Jones. But to expect his own albums to sound like Norah Jones would be ignoring his 20-plus-year career as a guitar player. His own albums have been a mix of country, blues, jazz, and rock and as a sideman he's done everything from straight blues (Preacher Boy) to indie rock (Cake) to avant funk with Click Dark (good luck finding that one). Orange proves to be almost as far-reaching as his résumé might indicate. Campilongo comes charging out of the gate on "Backburner," with harmonics jumping out of his Telecaster-on-steroids throughout. "I'm Helen Keller and You're a Waffle Iron" adds a bit of menace and "Fingerpuppet" gets just plain nasty with some wickedly delightful detuning. But Campilongo can play it pretty, too: "Awful Pretty, Pretty Awful" sounds like a Les Paul exercise with its delightful single-line runs, double stops, and rich chordal work, and "Chelsea Bridge" is all jazz chords and brushwork on the drums. "Orange" and "Because You Like Trombone" feature some nice acoustic/electric work. "Blues for Roy" could be called just about anything and you'd still know it's a tribute to the great Roy Buchanan with its beautiful thick guitar tone and volume swells. The covers of "No Expectations" and "No Fun" are the type of acoustic-guitar-with-female-vocals some people might have been expecting, but they're actually the least interesting tracks on the album. Jim Campilongo is a guitar player, pure and simple. Check your expectations at the door and enjoy.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/16/2010
Label: Blue Hen Records
UPC: 0616892054863
catalogNumber: 50

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jim Campilongo   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Steve Cardenas   Acoustic Guitar
Tony Mason   Percussion,Drums
Stephan Crump   Acoustic Bass
Leah Siegel   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Mick Jagger   Composer
Iggy Pop   Composer
Ron Asheton   Composer
Scott Asheton   Composer
Anton Fier   Producer
Leigh Harline   Composer
Keith Richards   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Stooges   Composer
Jim Campilongo   Composer
Yohei Goto   Engineer

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