Saturday, 15 March 2014
The great Tony Campo's Garuda from 1976
From the cd reissue wishlist:
He Who Must Not says this: "There's a great story behind my travels to Indonesia... Composer Tony Campo is from there, Bali in fact. His bio is featured briefly on the back of the record. I take it he became a session bassist in the UK and did quite a few library records, often in collaboration with others. His style is jazz-funk, as befitting the music of Bali which is very dance-oriented. It's obvious that this album, which is named after the semi-mythical eagle-winged deity that is Indonesia's national symbol, is his masterpiece, the second side is called Suite No. 2 and is his attempt at creating a kind of jazz-funk symphony, you'll see what I mean when you hear it. Note that the famed Frank Ricotti plays vibes and percussion on this record."
In fact, had their been no second side, then I would wonder why it was sent to me in the first place. I mean, I actually like disco instrumentals, but it's not exactly the purpose of the list. But Side 2, while never quite losing those fat beats, takes on a whole new dimension. There's truly a depth found here that is uncommon in both funk and even in pure jazz. If you want to begin your dig for this album, you better like tight horn charts. With long fuzz guitar solos. And echoed Fender and vibes. I just happen to embrace said concept, hence I rate this:
In compensation for all the big albums missing here, I'll present you with a nice vinyl ripped wav file for this one. Those who don't like the size of those, use xrecode which is a free program for converting to an mp3. I don't want to post both because the links inevitably fail sooner when there is more than one.