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Jim Campilongo And The 10 Gallon Cats
Genres: Country, Pop, Rock
People tend to posit jazz and country at opposite ends of the spectrum, but, of course, there's long been a junction where the two schools mix it up. Call the resulting fracas western swing or cowboy jazz, it's maintained ... more »
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People tend to posit jazz and country at opposite ends of the spectrum, but, of course, there's long been a junction where the two schools mix it up. Call the resulting fracas western swing or cowboy jazz, it's maintained loyal adherents since Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys first rode the range. Jim Campilongo & the 10 Gallon Cats represent the state of the art in the genre. Campilongo an accomplished, innovative guitarist, penned 11 instrumentals for the group's self-titled debut. He and his sidemen (steel guitarist Joe Goldmark, bassist Chris Kee, and drummer Ken Owen) keep it clean, sweet, and snappy throughout. Only "Bully Cat," an intoxicatingly raunchy seven-minute roll in the mire, stretches out. The rest of the material clocks in at an average of three minutes. Nary a word is sung, but the tunes are so varied and lively that vocals would've spoiled the mood. --Steven Stolder
THESE ARE SOME KILLER CATS!
Patrick Earley | Edmond, Oklahoma USA | 02/04/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you are any kind of fan of instrumental music. This album is a must have. This album is simply incredible. The Cats are one of the most innovative bands I've heard since the Hellecasters. These guys play a kind of music I can only describe as a hybrid of jazz and western swing, with elements of rock and blues thrown in for good measure. Combine that with some seriously talented musicians who love to please, and your in for some great entertainment. Joe Goldmark plays steel guitar here. If you want to hear just how good this guy is, just listen to the wild opener "Splitsville". He goes absolutely wild here, like a steel guitar player on speed, whose watched too many Saturday morning cartoons of the Roadrunner. He continues this theme on "Billy's Bird", with some jazz overtones thrown in. Really unique. Then on the next song, Jim Camilongo takes over and slows things down with "Snakestretcher", which is obviously a nod to the late great guitar player Roy Buchanan. Some of the most beautiful steel guitar playing is heard in the middle of this song. The Cats also play slow and serious on "Twangin", which sounds like a cross between Duane Eddy and Link Wray. The most beautiful song on here is "Night In Serramonte", which has a slow meandering steel guitar line that would fit right in around a campfire at night on the western plains. The rest of this album swings hard with songs like "Joe Camel" and "Big Bill". There's not a dull moment to be found on here. The album closes with the Jim Campilongo showcase "Bully Cat", where he really displays his guitar prowess. And if that's not enough, there is a killer hidden track after this song called "Ping Pong". If it's full tilt, no holes barred instrumental music your lookin' for, look no further. I've collected a lot of instrumental stuff over the years, but I've never heard anything like this. It's simply one of the best instrumental albums ever made. If your lucky enough to come across this little jewel, I highly recommend getting it. You won't be sorry."
Back to the future with a stew of Tele and Pedal Steel
Patrick Earley | 12/24/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This CD's cool. A touch of country, Hellecasters and Hawaii with taste. Neato! Fun! Very different. At times a bit dark. Loose is good too. Table for One is virtually without the pedal steel. It's a good album, very different and laid back, but can't touch the first two. Aptly titled."