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Massive 25 track release featuring live songs from Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers captured on their 2007-2009 tour.

Twenty five years since telling the world “The Way It Is,” winning a Best New Artist Grammy and launching one of contemporary music’s most challenging, diverse and collaborative careers, Bruce Hornsby is still, blissfully, making joyful ... Read more in Amazon's Bruce Hornsby Store

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  • Audio CD (24 Sept. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 299,859 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Questions and AnswersBruce Hornsby, Christian McBride, Jack DeJohnette 4:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Charlie, Woody and You/Study #22Bruce Hornsby, Christian McBride, Jack DeJohnette 5:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. SolarBruce Hornsby, Christian McBride, Jack DeJohnette 7:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Death and the FlowerBruce Hornsby, Christian McBride, Jack DeJohnette 5:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Camp MeetingBruce Hornsby, Christian McBride, Jack DeJohnette 5:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Giant StepsBruce Hornsby, Christian McBride, Jack DeJohnette 6:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. CeliaBruce Hornsby, Christian McBride, Jack DeJohnette 7:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. We'll Be Together AgainBruce Hornsby, Christian McBride, Jack DeJohnette 5:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Stacked Mary PossumBruce Hornsby, Christian McBride, Jack DeJohnette 4:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Straight, No ChaserBruce Hornsby, Christian McBride, Jack DeJohnette 2:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Un Poco Loco/Chant SongBruce Hornsby, Christian McBride, Jack DeJohnette 7:55£0.99  Buy MP3 

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Christopher J. Hughes on 14 Oct. 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
First of all let me admit I'm a Bruce Hornsby fan and have been ever since "The way it is". I saw him at Manchester Apollo where he was supporting Huey Lewis (my then teenage daughter had eyes only for the latter) but for me, Bruce was the revelation.

So, I have all the CDs and a couple of DVDs and his leanings towards jazz phrasing have always been apparent from the start, gathering meomentum as he changed the band's format and introduced guest musicians such as Pat Metheny.

On the "Camp Meeting" CD it's full on jazz and the fact that Jack de Johnette joins the album trio as drummer is testament to the ambition. They're joined by bassist Christian McBride and the composers include Ornette Coleman, Miles Davis, Keith Jarrett, John Coltrane, Bud Powell (a strong influence) and Thelonius Monk. Three Hornsby numbers and "We'll be together again" (jointly composed by Frankie Laine!) complete the recording.

His take on Miles's "Solar" has a beautiful and recognisable Hornsby intro. before cascading onwards driven by the rhythm section with the three musicians in perfect harmony (Hornsby has always been a naturally rhythmic pianist and thrives on the excellent support he receives throughout the tracks).

If I have a favourite, it has to be Bud Powell's "Celia", just because the usual two-handed approach is perfectly represented.

Forget the short-lived "pop" career, this guy moved on from that years ago and has been experimenting ever since. Each new CD brings a different theme to his eclectic approach to music (the Ricky Skaggs partnership on the bluegrass-tinged and eponymously titled 2007 album is as good an example as any).

It take talent and courage to attempt Monk's "Straight, no chaser" but most jazz traditionalists shouldn't be disappointed with this or his other versions of modern classics.

Take a risk and just listen!
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
This ain't no Businessman's Bounce 13 Aug. 2007
By Jim Newsom - Published on Amazon.com
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. John Coltrane's "Giant Steps" is built on a scratchy drum-and-high-hat loop (that recurs unexpectedly elsewhere on the disc), letting out all the stops as legendary giant DeJohnnette drives the beat against the sampled percussion. Monk's "Staight No Chaser" is a second line march down Bourbon Street with Professor Longhair juiced on Thelonious punch.

Bud Powell's "Un Poco Loco" has a phat bottom and a pounding pulse, while the standard "We'll Be Together Again" is as close to a straightforward tribute to Bill Evans as we are likely to get from the ever adventurous Williamsburger. "Celia" bounces along in a mid-tempo groove pocked with occasional Cecil Taylor-like detours to the edge and back.

Bruce's original material draws from the same wellsprings as his pop and rock songs. You'll recognize lines and themes in the gospel-tinged title cut and spot a nod to his in-concert showcase "Spider Fingers" in the interestingly titled "Stacked Mary Possum."

Listening to this magnificent CD, one can only wonder what took Bruce Hornsby so long to try his hand at "real jazz."

"I've always considered myself to be a friend of jazz," he told his old friend Pat Metheny a few years back. (Metheny is executive producer of this record). "I know the language, but it's not what I do for a living, I'm not fluent in it."

Camp Meeting reveals a pianist at home with, and quite fluent in, this music. I predict he'll receive at least two Grammy nominations next February: one in the Best Contemporary Bluegrass category for his collaboration with Ricky Skaggs that came out earlier this year; and one or more in Jazz for this CD. It is right up there with his best work.

"I made this for the art of it," he told me last summer, "and I wanted to find my own way of doing it."

He succeeded.

copyright © 2007 Port Folio Weekly/Jim Newsom. All rights reserved. Used by Permission.
Originally published in Port Folio Weekly - August 7, 2007
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Bruce Finally Makes a Jazz Record 4 Oct. 2007
By Len Scaffidi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
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. Close friend and Miami alumnus Pat Metheny is credited as "De Facto Executive Producer" but the recording is self-produced by Hornsby and expertly engineered by Joe Ferla, who captures the acoustic instruments clearly and without any artificiality.

I hope Camp Meeting is the beginning of a series of recordings that will show Bruce Hornsby to be a contemporary among the major jazz artists of his generation.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Accomplished Jazz Foray for a Multi-Talented Musician Who Has Kept Himself Under the Radar 2 Sept. 2007
By Ed Uyeshima - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
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.

Several tracks spotlight the ensemble more evenly, such as their playing of Bud Powell's "Celia" which maintains a nice seductive pull. Another is "We'll Be Together", written by Carl Fischer and Frankie Laine, which has a solemn, dirge-like quality that the trio unravels about midway through and transforms into a more sauntering, midnight-hour piece. The trio gives due respect to Thelonious Monk's classic "Straight, No Chaser", though they seem more preoccupied with the rhythmic pace to be taken over completely by the improvisational nature of the composition itself. Hornsby fluidly blends his own "Chant Song" with Powell's "Un Poco Loco" in the percussion-punctuated final track. Unsurprisingly, Hornsby shows a sure hand in the jazz genre, something that was clear from his rolling piano interludes in his first pop hit, 1986's "The Way It Is" (from the album of the same name). What took him so long to realize this is anyone's guess, but this is a superb foray for an undeniably talented musician.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
His best work for a long time 21 Aug. 2007
By Jonathan Birge - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'll try to provide a review that might be useful to fans of Bruce's existing work. I've been following Bruce since his first album, and it's been a very interesting, enjoyable trip. More than any popular artist around, Hornsby has explored new sounds and evolved record by record; likewise he's done just as good a job shedding fans along the way. Few who liked "The Way It Is" like "Halcyon Days," and frankly (almost) nobody liked "Big Swing Face." But he's done something remarkable here. He's gone in a different direction, sure, but he's also incorporated the best of his travels along the way, and in fact seems to resolve them here. If you're a fan of "Spirit Trail" and were put off by "Big Swing Face" give this a listen. This album is one of the best examples of good jazz not having to be obtuse and inaccessible, and I hope this is a place Hornsby decides to settle for a while. While some of his later albums (especially the last two solo efforts) have seemed like a musician trying on illfitting music, this one is just right.

(A note of advice: the first track is an example of either terrible marketing, or huge balls, depending on your perspective. To give this album a fair chance, start a bit further into it, such as the title track or "We'll be together again.")
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Not your father's Hornbsy (cuz it's killer jazz) 24 Nov. 2007
By Paul Norris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Bruce Hornsby has become a huge favorite in our house. I ordered a bunch of cds a few months ago, and I still chuckle about one of my teenage daughters saying, "order some Hornsby, but not his 'Pop-py' stuff." She wanted to hear his formidable jazz piano chops. We were blown away by his playing on the Piano Jazz cd with Marian McPartland, which through his playing and interview, gives great insight to his background and approach. Bruce is very modest about his jazz chops, but he needn't be: his playing couldn't be farther from his lush, comfy (but absolutely wonderful) pop voicings, and he puts his own superb, creative spin on a diverse selection of tunes, underpinned by arguably the best rhythm section in jazz, Jack DeJohnette and Christian McBride. My wife and I independently headed for the Border's tent at the Newport jazz fest after hearing them on the main stage, and the guys graciously signed both copies (she got there first). Camp Meeting was just about the only cd we listened to during the long drive back to Buffalo from Newport. 'Nuff said.
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