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Camp Meeting

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Who knew that pianist/composer Bruce Hornsby, the popsmith of the hit "The Way it Is" and the bluegrass collaborator with Ricky Skaggs, was a jazz sleeper agent since his college days? On this 11-track recording, Hornsby's "Bill Evans-meets-the-hymnbook" pianism is buoyed by Christian McBride's brotherly-loving bass lines and Jack DeJohnette's Big Easy/Windy City drumming. Check out the light-speed lyricism he lays down on the previously unrecorded Ornette Coleman number "Questions and Answers," the drum 'n' bass rendition of Coltrane's "Giant Steps," and the Meters-motored take on Miles Davis's "Solar." Keith Jarrett's ballad "Death and a Flower" is played with reverence and restraint, and the downbeats on Thelonious Monk's "Straight, No Chaser" and Bud Powell's "Celia" and "Un Poco Loco" don’t do injustice to their bebop roots. Hornsby keeps it rhythmically real, and he's given us a true sound of surprise. --Eugene Holley, Jr.


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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Questions and AnswersBruce Hornsby, Christian McBride & Jack DeJohnette 4:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Charlie, Woody and You/Study #22Bruce Hornsby, Christian McBride & Jack DeJohnette 5:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. SolarBruce Hornsby, Christian McBride & Jack DeJohnette 7:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Death and the FlowerBruce Hornsby, Christian McBride & Jack DeJohnette 5:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Camp MeetingBruce Hornsby, Christian McBride & Jack DeJohnette 5:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Giant StepsBruce Hornsby, Christian McBride & Jack DeJohnette 6:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. CeliaBruce Hornsby, Christian McBride & Jack DeJohnette 7:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. We'll Be Together AgainBruce Hornsby, Christian McBride & Jack DeJohnette 5:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Stacked Mary PossumBruce Hornsby, Christian McBride & Jack DeJohnette 4:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Straight, No ChaserBruce Hornsby, Christian McBride & Jack DeJohnette 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Un Poco Loco/Chant SongBruce Hornsby, Christian McBride & Jack DeJohnette 7:55$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 7, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • ASIN: B000RIWAYO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,274 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Jim Newsom on August 13, 2007
Format: Audio CD
When Bruce Hornsby called early last summer, he was jazzed about a recent set of recording sessions at his home studio in Williamsburg.

"I just made a record with Jack DeJohnette and Christian McBride," he said. "It's really good; it's really rippin' man!"

He played me some rough mixes a month later and it was clear right away that this was not our parents' jazz. Now, as the album comes out this week, it is also clear that Bruce Hornsby is one distinctive pianist no matter the surroundings. While this jazz piano trio setting may push him in ways his other outings haven't, he's still got that lyrical, richly chorded sound that is so readily identifiable. He calls it "Bill Evans-meets-the-hymnbook."

Camp Meeting opens bravely with what is probably its least accessible cut, a previously unreleased Ornette Coleman tune called "Questions and Answers" that asks more than it answers, conjuring up memories of those 1970s Impulse! forays into outer harmonics.

"We're playing some real tempos here," Bruce told me. "It's not just businessman's bounce."

On "Charlie, Woody and You," he takes a Charles Ives etude, stretches it out rhythmically, and places it atop a funky bassline that brings to mind Charlie Haden's on Keith Jarrett's Fort Yawuh album. Jarrett gets a more obvious nod on Hornsby and bassist McBride's quiet duo reading of his `70s ballad, "Death and the Flower." It is simply beautiful.

Miles Davis' "Solar" receives the full Hornsby treatment, with Copland-esque chords and roaming right hand explorations of all its improvisational possibilities.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Len Scaffidi on October 4, 2007
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Anyone who has followed the career of Bruce Hornsby knows he has the requisite chops, experience and education to be a top-flight jazz player. With the release of Camp Meeting, Hornsby demonstrates his prowess as a pianist, composer and band leader while paying homage to some of the jazz giants who came before him.
Camp Meeting is a trio session with bassist Christian McBride and drummer Jack DeJohnette. Both are in top form, as usual; providing not simply accompaniment but conversation.

Starting with a surprisingly accessible version of Ornette Coleman's Questions and Answers, Hornsby comes out of the chute with an interpretation focusing on the percussive and, of course, DeJohnette is up to the task.

The next cut, titled Charlie, Woody and You is credited to Hornsby and Charles Ives as co-writers. The most "out" track on the CD, the title is an obvious reference to Dizzy Gillespie's composition Woody N' You - considered the first be-bop recording when released by Coleman Hawkins and later made famous by Miles Davis on the Relaxin' LP that would follow.

The rest of the LP provides more of a mainstream groove, which in no way should be construed as denigration. Miles' Solar, Trane's Giant Steps, Monk's Straight No Chaser and three Bud Powell compositions all receive a respectful reworking that demonstrate Hornsby's inventiveness and the facility of his superb sidemen.

The other original, Hornsby's Stacked Mary Possum holds its own among these classics and may very well become one in its own right after a generation of Berklee and Miami students learn it.
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The opening cut, Ornette Coleman's previously unrecorded "Questions and Answers" signals a liberating introduction to Bruce Hornsby's debut as a progressive jazz musician, the only common tie to his previous work being the expert musicianship he displays no matter what the musical genre. Along with bassist Christian McBride and drummer Jack Dejohnette, the Virginia-born musician provides fresh interpretations to compositions both old and new that blend seamlessly into a program that is both seductive and challenging. What all the tracks have in common is the meticulously clean sound Hornsby has made his trademark through the years. In fact, a more familiar Range-like sound can even be heard on Miles Davis' percolating "Solar", which features plenty of gymnastic piano playing capped by sharp solo turns by McBride and Dejohnette.

Keith Jarrett's "Death and the Flower" is given an appropriately melancholy treatment here, but Hornsby never completely gives into its funereal tone. Instead, he finds a sweet-spirited, melodic undercurrent that brings a lighter, Vince Guaraldi-like feeling than I imagine even Jarrett envisioned. Hornsby himself wrote several tracks including the free-form expression tribute that is "Charlie, Woody and You" and the title tune in which the trio moves effortlessly along a percussive swing beat. Electronica sound effects, a surprising aural touch here, infiltrate John Coltrane's "Giant Steps" but not to the composition's detriment as the fleet work of the trio, especially Hornsby's lightning-quick playing, commandeer easily over the techno rhythms. Hornsby's own "Stacked Mary Possum" is even more of an oddity, a rhythm-driven piece driven almost solely by his breakneck-paced playing.
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