Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Jam Camp is a heavy laden, guitar-driven, no nonsense, collective force. Their latest CD, Jam Camp Live!, is a brilliant showcase for the band’s signature brand of fusion-rock anthems. The disc is a compilation of live concert recordings from the spring and summer of 2006.
The members of Jam Camp all manage to shine while maintaining a one-for-all, communal approach to the music. Guitarists David Broyles and Michael "Smitty" Smith both display a penchant for blues, heavy rock and jazz fusion with lines reminiscent of Al DiMeola and Allan Holdsworth. The two complement one another brilliantly, trading rhythm and lead duties without stepping on each others toes. Tightly in-step with these turbo charged shredders is tenor saxophonist Steven Munger who blends in effortlessly, especially on the tight unison passages of "Thrush," "Trees" and "The Reach." Munger has tremendous technique and an aggressive tone, however, his solos are sparingly sympathetic to the mood of each piece. His angular workout on "Wormhole" is one of the more inspired moments of the disc.
The rock solid foundation of Jam Camp, drummer Joel Veatch and bassist Jess White, are as supportive as they come. Veatch propels his bandmates with a relentless groove, fiery fills and steady time. White holds down the bottom end selflessly. His tone has just enough mid-range sparkle to cut through the frenzied mayhem like a razor.
Jam Camp is a well rehearsed, tight ensemble. This well conceived disc delivers 70 minutes of dazzling performances that will satisfy the most discerning fans of progressive rock and hard hitting fusion jazz.