13 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Although he has a strong reputation in New York City for his weekly Monday-night gigs, guitarist Jim Campilongo is best known out of town as a guitarist’s guitarist who plays with The Little Willies as well as artists like Cake, JJ Cale, and Martha Wainwright; he even has a column in Guitar Player magazine. Leading his own groups, this master of the Telecaster fuses jazz, surf, moody instrumental rock, and roots music. Here, on his 10th studio album, he works through a set with bassist Chris Morrissey and drummer Josh Dion—while the band is relatively new, the three have an easy rapport that starts with the leader's offhanded genius. The band ebbs and flows following the guitarist’s every cue (check out “Heaven Is Creepy”) or sits back as he extemporizes (see the title cut or the country-ish “Nang Nang”). Campilongo also breaks up the instrumental-trio template at times, most notably when Willies bandmate Norah Jones stops by for the album’s only vocal turn on “Here I Am.” This is a veritable clinic in dark and freewheeling guitar.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Although he has a strong reputation in New York City for his weekly Monday-night gigs, guitarist Jim Campilongo is best known out of town as a guitarist’s guitarist who plays with The Little Willies as well as artists like Cake, JJ Cale, and Martha Wainwright; he even has a column in Guitar Player magazine. Leading his own groups, this master of the Telecaster fuses jazz, surf, moody instrumental rock, and roots music. Here, on his 10th studio album, he works through a set with bassist Chris Morrissey and drummer Josh Dion—while the band is relatively new, the three have an easy rapport that starts with the leader's offhanded genius. The band ebbs and flows following the guitarist’s every cue (check out “Heaven Is Creepy”) or sits back as he extemporizes (see the title cut or the country-ish “Nang Nang”). Campilongo also breaks up the instrumental-trio template at times, most notably when Willies bandmate Norah Jones stops by for the album’s only vocal turn on “Here I Am.” This is a veritable clinic in dark and freewheeling guitar.

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About Jim Campilongo

Jim Campilongo was born and raised in San Francisco and began playing guitar in the mid-'70s, buying his first guitar with Green Stamps. His first teacher exposed him to a wide variety of music, but it was hearing Roy Buchanan that convinced him to make a living as a guitarist. By the early '90s, Campilongo was taking guitar students, in addition to playing with a variety of groups in a variety of styles. In 1990, one of those students gave him a 1959 Telecaster in exchange for some bass lessons and it quickly became Campilongo's signature.

"Playing that '59 Tele changed everything for me. It was like it told me to get serious.” Around 1993, Campilongo formed the 10 Gallon Cats with steel guitarist Joe Goldmark. They released their debut album of Speedy West/Jimmy Bryant-inspired instrumentals in 1996 and ultimately recorded three albums as a band. Campilongo's first solo album came in 1998; the critically acclaimed Table for One. After a live recording in 2000, Campilongo left San Francisco for New York City in 2002.

There he formed his new Electric Trio as well as the Little Willies with Norah Jones. Since 2005, Campilongo's Electric Trio has had a Monday night residency at New York's Living Room, where he as been joined on-stage by the likes of Charlie Hunter, Norah Jones, Martha Wainwright, and Nels Cline. In 2010, Campilongo released Orange, his most wide-ranging effort to date.

It was produced by Anton Fier, whose resurrected Golden Palominos have also featured Campilongo.

That same year, Campilongo was honored by Fender when their custom shop began producing a Campilongo signature Telecaster. In early 2014, he released Dream Dictionary with his new trio of Chris Morrisey (bass) and Josh Dion (drums). In addition to playing, Campilongo still teaches and is also a contributing editor for Guitar Player Magazine. ~ Sean Westergaard

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