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Live by Jam Camp

Jam Camp, an aptly named group of five musicians, has released a live album. The album Live, is also aptly named. The happy fact about both band and album is their unpretentious way of handling their music.

Their choice of music is something of a throwback to the live albums of the 1970’s. One is reminded of the Woody Allen joke about removing the music and lyrics from "My Fair Lady" and making it back into "Pygmalion." Jazz Camp removes the part of the seventies live album which dealt with how much the singer loved his "baby, baby, oh his baby." This leaves them with room for two prime guitarists, David Broyles and Michael "Smitty" Smith and a fine saxophonist, Steven Munger.

Crediting the different compositions would be an effort in futility because Jam Camp plays with a pleasing, not pejorative, monotony which is what the jam band style seems to be made for. Nowhere in the 33 minutes of "Mountain Jam" by the Allman Brothers in their Fillmore album did they seem interested in exploring Donovan’s song anymore than a feeble swipe at the melody in the beginning.

This is not to imply that anything about Jam Camp is feeble. They play strong riffs, strong rhythms and strong solos. The rhythm section of Veatch and bassist Jess White are particularly muscular. If you like jam bands, definitely buy it. If you don’t, try it anyway, and see if you find yourself tapping your feet like a forty-seven year old in Denver found himself doing.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Jam Camp
  • CD Title: Live
  • Genre: Other
  • Year Released: 2006
  • Record Label: Flying Spot Entertainment
  • Tracks: Echologic, Thrush, Westside Highway, Blue is You, Trees, West 8, Wormhole, The Reach, Paper Walls, Mr. Bliss, Groove Monkey
  • Musicians: Steven Munger (saxophone), David Broyles (guitar), Michael "Smitty" Smith (guitar), Jess White (bass), Joel Veatch (drums)
  • Rating: Four Stars
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