The French public remembers the professional debut of singer-pianist Pablo Campos in his quintet alongside Jérôme Etcheberry (tp) and Nicolas Montier (ts), in 2015 at Jazz aux Esselières (Villejuif), from his stint at Jazz in Marciac (2017) and his Tribute to Frank Sinatra at Sunset (2018) who prelude to even more prestigious engagements on international stages (JazzVox in Seattle).
Such a trajectory shows that its popularity does not result from a passing fad.
For this disc, the first published under his name, Pablo Campos has selected ten standards of the Great American Song Book taking place in his musical journey and experiences of his life. In addition, there are two personal compositions evoking familiar New York locations: 60 East 12th Street and Washington Heights, a beautifully crafted blues that highlights the quality of his piano playing and the naturalness of his phrasing.
Evoking moment by moment the manner of Nat King Cole, the song of Pablo Campos releases a felted swing with intimate charm associated with a sharp sense of interpretation. The way he renders the enigmatic character of the No More melody, of which Billie Holiday gave a remarkable version with the Toots Camarata orchestra, in 1944, is exemplary on this point. Experienced and talented accompanists, Peter Washington on bass, Kenny Washington on drums and guitarist David Blenkhorn, invited on five titles, have a long practice of this type of repertoire and participate very largely in the success of the company.
A beautiful record!
The album was released by Jazztime Records.
Recorded February 5, 1918, Acoustic Recording Studio, Brooklyn, New York.
Pablo Campos (piano, vocals),
Peter Washington (bass),
Kenny Washington (drums),
Dave Blenkhorn (guitar).