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Jammin' The Blues
Jonathon Stout And The Campus Five
A rare exception to most mundane Modern Swing! Buy it today! Support modern Jazz based Swing!
Jammin' The Blues by Jonathon Stout And The Campus Five Swings In The Great Traditions Of The Past
Los Angeles based band swings the jazz they perform and does so with polish, pizazz, and professional playing.
Jonathan Stout and His Campus Five are one of those few bands on the scene today that may proudly wear a medallion that says, REAL JAZZ. Their debut release aptly titled Jammin' The Blues does just that from start to finish.

Although all but one of the tunes on Jammin' The Blues is a cover tune, they are covers of great classic jazz and swing era songs. The recordings on this, their debut release, are done at tempos easy for this band to get into a solid groove on and easy for listeners to sachet through with a pop of the fingers or a pat of the foot. For those of the persuasion to want to grab a partner and Lindy till they drop this CD could remain on the CD player alone all night and never get old.

From the very first tune on the release one is smitten with the band’s infectious rhythm and tasteful, well-played, and emotional solos. It doesn’t hurt that it just happens to be a classic Benny Goodman Sextet riff tune opening the CD co-written by the great Charlie Christian. The band never loses a beat the whole way through with three Lester Young tunes and Stout’s guitar work throughout is as tasteful as it gets. The tune Stuffy, written by Coleman Hawkins and first recorded by the tenor great in 1945 featuring Goodman's guitarist Allen Reuss, is a pleasant surprise and very well played.

While Stout's guitar work is a high point drawing on the styles of greats like Barney Kessell, Django Reinhardt, and Charlie Christian so is the playing of the rhythm section driving the band consisting of Christopher Dawson on piano, Jim Garafolo on bass, and Josh Collazo on drums. These aforementioned modern day hep-cats could make more music alone than most bands trying to play this style of jazz today.

It is an added bonus and pleasant surprise to hear crisp, clean trumpet work and most of all in tune and on key solos handled expertly by Jim Ziegler.

Just when you think it couldn’t get any better you are whisked into another dimension with the tenor work of Albert Alva sounding at times like Georgie Auld and Chu Berry all rolled up in one pack of dynamite. His clarinet riffs also far exceeded anything this listener and jazz lover has heard or expected to hear in a small group setting in the year 2003.

Finally and certainly not lastly are the superb vocals of Hilary Alexander. What a find is this canary! Female vocalists trying to sing jazz with an operatic approach has almost become commonplace aside from a handful of blues influenced singers like Lavay Smith, Katherine Whalen and Carmen Gettit. Hilary Alexander stands right up there with the best of them. She SWINGS, she’s on key, she’s on time and she sings with feeling. You get the idea this chirp isn’t just mouthing words on a piece of paper sung by someone else 50 years ago, she’s living and owning her vocals on this release.

The bottom line is if you like listening to vintage jazz and swing music and can appreciate well-timed and placed solo work you will love Jammin' The Blues by Jonathon Stout And His Campus Five. And if you’re a dancer and can’t find the rhythm or tempo in this CD…. get a new instructor…or switch to salsa.

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The band may be reached via e-mail from their website where CDs may also be purchased at www.campusfive.com

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