Guitarist takes a brief break from his country-jazz ensemble, the Ten Gallon Cats, and joins Table For One co-horts Rob Burger (of Bill Frisell, Tin Hat Trio fame), Chris Kee & Jason Lewis - they journey into a soundscape of shadowy scenery on 10 instrumentals that combine elements of pop/rock & jazz, destined for the big screen.
Acclaimed (albeit not as widely as deserved) for his six-string calisthenics, San Francisco guitarist Jim Campilongo curbs his fieriness with this reflective 10-song outing. Working with accordionist/keyboardist Rob Burger as his main foil (rather than regular steel guitarist Joe Goldmark), Campilongo has created something quite rare--an instrumental album that's intensely personal. One can't help but feel there's a story behind the lost-in-thought likes of "The Grass is Greener," "Sarah," and the title track. Strikingly reserved when compared with the have-I-got-a-lick-for-you likes of 1997's Loose
and 2000's Heavy
, Table for One
may nevertheless be Campilongo's most involving recording. Just goes to show that sometimes a whisper comes through more clearly than a scream. --Steven Stolder