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American Hips

Jim CampilongoAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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“New York has no shortage of guitar heroes but few cover as many bases as Jim Campilongo…He reveals a range that extends from seductive country-swing to atmospheric jazz and well beyond.” –Time Out New York

 “Through the lean ropy sound of his Fender Telecaster, Mr. Campilongo connects American styles in a sly knowing way.” –The New York ... Read more in Amazon's Jim Campilongo Store

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  • Audio CD (September 2, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Hen Records
  • ASIN: B0000A1HVO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,064 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. American Hips
2. Watchin' You Drown In A Mud Puddle
3. Sweet Dreams (with Norah Jones)
4. Cat Under A Car
5. Bought Some Swampland In Florida
6. Jim's Blues
7. Stella (with Norah Jones)
8. Roy Buchanan's Cousin
9. Between Your Toes
10. Freaky Dreiky
11. Michelle
12. Like, Hello?
13. Ain't She Sweet

Editorial Reviews

In 1948 Leo Fender and "Doc" Kaufmann invented the Telecaster electric guitar. A slab of wood with some magnetic pickups, it remains one of our most expressive musical tools. Guitarists from Roy Buchanan to Jeff Beck to Robbie Robertson have wrenched from it a wide range of pure emotion--from whispers of love to screams of anguish. Tele-wrangler Jim Campilongo has fit easily into this august company for some time now. On this record he once again exhibits a combination of aggressive squalling, sharp wit, sensitive melodicism, quirkiness, and compositional skill, all with using a musical language that is uniquely his own. Norah Jones, who has run in the same musician circles of New York, helps out on the country standard "Sweet Dreams" and the aching waltz "Stella." Whether conjuring up feline sounds in "Cat Under a Car" or wry regret in "Bought Some Swampland in Florida," Campilongo has mastered the rare art of telling stories without words--so much so that the addition of Jones's poignant vocal to "Stella" seems almost an afterthought. --Michael Ross

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American Hips by Jim Campilongo Electric Trio

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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This review was posted on the TDPRI, a discussion board for people who play Fender Telecaster guitars. It has been edited a bit so it's not as guitar-specific.
I've found that, IMO, Jim is hitting his stride - I think he can be characterized as a "three note guy" (recognizable within the three notes, anywhere in the song.) One of the greatest contributing factors to creating this unique sound is Jim's remarkable talent in his choice of notes, in either the melody or harmony of a song. What comes through loud and clear is that JC understands how music can completely involve and transport the listener. It can make you crazy and bounce off the walls, laugh out loud, or make you cry. The music moves, breathes, with all of its harmonic richness *hanging* in the air. It's all there in American Hips.
**From the liner notes: "All tracks on this album were recorded live in the studio"
1. American Hips
JC begins with a theme played in the style close to many of our hearts - pedal steel. It's a deceivingly simple bend-y kind of melody. It sounds like a clean loud Tele with a bit of hair on it. Very interesting too, is the middle section when bass player Tim Luntzel lays out and lets JC and drummer Dan Rieser interact for a while. A nice, upbeat starter to get you warmed up for the rest of the CD.
2. Watchin' You Drown In A Mud Puddle
The steely sound continues. During the opening phrases you can hear his amp humming in the background, which, to me, is a *good* sign (also tells you how loud I listen to this CD.) The rest of the trio joins in and they're all making music that gives as much importance to silence as it does to notes, which creates a very open environment for JC to play in. This musical principle seems to be at work throughout the entire CD.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good combination July 14, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I'd highly recommend this album for fans of Norah Jones. The two on which she sings are wonderful...worth the price of the album. Campilongo's accompaniment is just right. I hope Norah sings on more of his albums! The rest of the record has some good stuff, ranging from hard bluesy rock to spacey Chris Isaaky sounding stuff. In any case, he is a darn good guitar player. Update: I saw him in concert at The Living Room in NYC with Tim Lunzel (bass) and Dan Reiser (drums)....great. If you have a chance to see Campilongo live, you'll see a master who's better live than on record. But the record's sounding even better now.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure brilliance September 9, 2003
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I completely agree with the editorial review above. Campilongo (a fan of Buchanan) plays with all the emotion, phrasing and nuances one could hope for. Go see him live if you have a chance!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Campilongo's Best Yet ! October 9, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I really fell in love with American Hips ( no pun intended ! ) . It's warm atmosphere is present during spacious ballads like " Between Your Toes " and during gritty improvisations like " Jim's Blues " . It has a wonderful "Live " ambience that is so absent in most modern , overdub laden records. Because of the trio setting , American Hips features Jim's guitar genius more then any of his previous records . I hear nods to so many influences - Roy Buchanan - Speedy West - Django Reinhardt- Bill Frissell-but it all comes out PURE CAMPILONGO ! A long one hour record that has two NYC aces Dan Rieser and Tim Luntzel running along with Jim the whole way. As usual , Jim's SONGS are the point , not " look at me !! " guitar solos. I have all of Jim's CD's and it's been great to see him grow and expand . I wonder what's next ? American Hip's is a super CD !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I like Jim. You do too. February 14, 2004
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Jim's latest record is fantastic. If you are unfamiliar with his work, this is a good one to pick up. He's kinda got a Luther Perkins meets Dick Dale thing happening in terms of his approach - but that doesn't really make sense does it? Luther and Dick are pretty different in their approaches. Sorry.
Anyway, he plays with a lot of restraint on the record, but throws enough licks at you to let you know he's a monster on his instrument. He's friendly to guitar heads and also to the rest of us as well
Norah Jones' vocals on the record are great too. Stella is a beautiful, beautiful tune - one of my favorites she's ever done.
You should check Jim out at the Living Room if you come to New York City. It's a good time.
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