Sunday, March 28, 2010

Review -- WILL CAMPBELL -- Think Tank

Will Campbell
Cellar Live
I have always like saxophone driven jazz, and Will Campbell’s Think Tank certainly fits that niche.
On this disk Campbell really gives himself time to explore musically with his alto saxophone. While having only seven songs, two eclipse 10-minutes as he lets the music take its own course from start to finish. There does not seem like any constraints are put on the piece, it just seems to be allowed to happen naturally.
Currently, Campbell is the Director of Jazz Studies and Assistant Professor of Saxophone at UNC Charlotte. Originally from North Carolina, he has played saxophone since elementary school.
From his website we learn Campbell has a pedigree musically. “Between his undergraduate and Masters degree, Will spent over three years touring the world and recording with the Harry Connick, Jr. Orchestra. Highlights with Harry include a sold-out Broadway run, The Grammys at Radio City Music Hall, and performances at venues such as London's Royal Albert Hall, Lincoln Center, and The Kennedy Center.”
Still Think Tank is Campbell’s first CD where he gets lead billing. The disk comes across as one he has been working toward for a while. The material is polished and fine.
Olive Street and On a Clear Day get top billing among the cuts here.
Campbell is joined by Scott Harrell, trumpet, Stefan Karlsson, piano, John Brown, bass
and Rick Dior on drums.
If you are partial to sax-driven jazz, this is quite simply a must have.
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-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Feb 10, 2010 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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