Weekly RecommNeds | Get The Blessing and Jim Campilongo

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Get The Blessing: Lope And Antilope

On first glance, there is nothing new about what Get the Blessing is doing: horn- heavy, groovy jazz. But give this British group a listen and you’ll find a band creating a unique and penetrating sound that seems to draw as much from Morphine as it does from Miles Davis. Their newest album, Lope and Antilope, is a masterpiece of hypnotic grooves, funky bass-and-drums and spiraling horn melodies. In the grand tradition of Medeski, Martin & Wood and Garage A Trois, Get the Blessing is pushing the frontier of instrumental music.

Spotify: Get The Blessing - Lope and Antilope
MOG: Get The Blessing - Lope and Antilope
Rhapsody: Get The Blessing - Lope and Antilope

Jim Campilongo: Dream Dictionary

Closer to home, we have the new album, Dream Dictionary, from master of the Telecaster,Jim Campilongo. The NYC three-gigs-a-week staple plays here with his standard trio of Chris Morrissey on bass and Josh Dion on drums, although the album features some special guests with Steve Cardenas on 2nd guitar on one track and Norah Jones singing vocals on another. Otherwise, the record is like a clinic in instrumental guitar playing sweeping from straight jazz, Frisell-like dreamscapes, honky tonk, sweaty rockers (nice inventive cover of "Manic Depression") and even a solo acoustic tune. Campilongo is a pro’s pro and it shows on this excellent set of music.

MOG: Jim Campilongo: Dream Dictionary
Rhapsody: Jim Campilongo: Dream Dictionary

[Published on: 2/5/14]

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