Virginia boy Bruce Hornsby can do it all. He has given us Top 40 pop classics like “Mandolin Rain” and “The Way it Is.”He has performed as a member of The Grateful Dead. He has worked with jazz guitarist Pat Metheny, horn man Branford Marsalis and the great Ornette Coleman. He has recorded an impressive bluegrass album with Ricky Skaggs. And now he has delivered one hell of a fine jazz instrumental album, accompanied by one of the best rhythm sections in all of jazz, Christian McBride on bass and Jack DeJonnette on drums.
Delving deep into improvisation, the trio delivers not only some smooth originals, but also covers of Miles Davis (“Solar”), John Coltrane (“Giant Steps”) and Thelonius Monk (“Straight, No Chaser”). They also deliver a never before recorded work by Ornette Coleman called “Questions and Answers,” and a very nice rendition of “Death and a Flower,” one of Keith Jarrett’s early works.
This piano man never ceases to amaze, and with Camp Meeting, fans are gifted with another whole dimension of Hornsby, one that will definitely get the cats to hoppin.’
-Michael Buffalo Smith