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JORGE CAMPOS

Jazz Rock/Fusion • Chile


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Chilean born double bass and electric bass player Jorge Campos has been considered as one of the best bass players in Latin America and built up a reputation for himself as a master in his instrument. Campos is Graduated in Aesthetics in Universidad Catolica de Chile (1981) and Licensed in Superior Interpretation with a mention in Double Bass from Universidad de Chile Music Conservatory (1984) and has been member of various Symphonic orchestras in Chile.

He built his career in the resistance during the dictatorship in Chile; he has been a composer and musician for some fundamental Latin American bands: SANTIAGO DEL NUEVO EXTREMO, CONGRESO and FULANO. His influences are Stravinsky, Sibelius, Violeta Parra, Victor Jara, Jaco Pastorius, Led Zeppelin, Beatles, Weather Report and Miles Davis. Campos developed his own Bass teaching method: "Modern Techniques for Electric Bass" (1999) edited as a book and video.
He has released three solo albums: "La Magia Necesaria" (1993) with profound environmental lyrics; "Machi" (2000)a Bass Solo Album combining ethnic fusion and experimental rock, with all kind of basses. This record is based on an electric bass that Warwick made especially for him, known as the "Machi Bass" a tribute to the woman spiritual healers in the Mapuche tribe. "La Ausencia de lo Sagrado" (2004) presents a combination of experimental fusion and songs. His side projects are: "Jorge Campos Kuartet", Electro-ethnic-Fusion with two basses, drums and a DJ; "Araukania Kuintet" based in the music of Victor Jara and Violeta Parra, with renowned Cuban musicians as pianist Rolando Luna and drummer Oscarito Valdes; "Globalevasion" (2006) Electronic Fusion Power Trio with ex members of 'Fulano'.

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Discography:
La Magia Necesaria (1993)
Machi (2000)
La Ausencia de lo Sagrado (2004)

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La Magia Necesaria
1993
3.95 | 3 ratings
Machi
2000
4.03 | 3 ratings
La Ausencia de lo Sagrado
2004

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 Machi  by CAMPOS, JORGE album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.95 | 3 ratings

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Machi
Jorge Campos Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Cesar Inca
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Re-released in late 2007, Jorge Campos' "Machi" is a very important item since it testifies how creative is the avant-garde side of jazz-rock nowadays in South American countries. The musical world of Campos is miles apart from the trends of Congreso and Fulano (the most popular bands that he's been part of), stating a challenging mixture of electro-jazz, fusion, psychedelic progressive and world music. Campos uses his wide array of bass guitars (fretted and retless, 4-, 5-, 6-stringed) to build rhythmic structures, basic riffs, solos, harmonic ornaments, complement some percussive or keyboard arrangements. all this and more. The relentless pace at which the bass guitars define their presence in the overall sound makes the lack of a profound melodic approach not a minus but a peculiar characteristic: very clearly Campos sees his musical essence as one centered on atmospheres and cadences. Stanley Clarke and Tony Levin may be mentioned as major points of reference for both his style and writing strategy. 'Horrísono' kicks off the album on a certain creepy note, but mostly, quite vivacious. 'Mapocho' displays more tenuous moods, definitely mysterious: it's a pity that it lasts only 2 minutes, since it has a catchy feel. For 'Bendición' the folk. woodwinds and percussions assume the leading role, while 'Octatón' stands on a more conventional funk-infected jazz territory. These first 11 minutes are more than enough to reveal us the wide array of sonorities that Campos is interested in exploring. 'Gil-Hop' offers a somewhat humorous mixture of hip-hop and acid-jazz, although the amazing bass phrases displayed on this number luckily spoil any potential chance of frivolity. The longest piece is 'Alturas', also being the most ethereal: the cosmic ambiences fluidly sustained on a recurring blues tempo make a highlight. The sense of monotony is actually very tricky - it isn't hard to detect the emergence of atmospheric variations all through the consistent tempo. 'Toques de lo Esencial' is less dense and includes a beautiful upright bass solo that seems to float above the programmed rhythm section. 'Amarillelou' is yet another majestic exercise on prog-oriented electro- jazz: it kind of follows the trend of 'Alturas', but with enhanced colors. 'Smog' brings back the catchiness of 'Octatón', as will do 'Kachatelovni' later on. 'A Marvada Carnee' is a cybernetic reconstruction of Brazilian festive rhythms, with yet another stellar bass solo developing in the middle; this line of electronic ethnic work is continued on 'Amor en Stell@r (Hot Copilot)'. Another highlight in the album is 'Zátrapa', which sounds like a homage to mid-70s Hancock. The album's official repertoire ends with the title track, very oriented to the scheme of musique concrete - it may sound like the hypothetical soundtrack to a Jean Cocteau movie. The Luna Negra re-release includes live renditions of 'Mapocho', 'Octatón', 'Zátrapa' and 'Horrísono': with the warmth of a live setting and the extra energy of the supporting musicians, all these tracks acquire extra doses of power and expansion: this live sequence serves as an excellent closure for this excellent album.

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 La Ausencia de lo Sagrado by CAMPOS, JORGE album cover Studio Album, 2004
4.03 | 3 ratings

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La Ausencia de lo Sagrado
Jorge Campos Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Cesar Inca
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4 stars I've only got acquainted with Jorge Campos' music with the re-releases published by the Mexican label Luna Negra: one of these re-releases was a new version of La Ausencia de lo Sagrado, which bears a slightly different repertoire (a couple of omitted studio tracks and three bonus tracks recorded live). Either if you've got the original version or the 2007 new one, the fact remains that La Ausencia de los Sgrado is the ultimate expression (so far) of Jorge Campos' unique musical vision, a vision of avant- garde recaptiulation of modern jazz with extensive use of modern sonorities and electronic resources with an added awareness of the prog influence. The most prominent arrangements comprised in this album bear a distinctly epic vibe, which in no small degree is due to the elaboration of clever horn ensembles, as well as to the peculiar created by Campos and his guests during the well-crafted expansions of the tracks' main motifs and ambiences. 'La Ausencia de los Sagrado (Viaje)' kicks off the album with a mysterious aura, definitely dense although still apalling in its own terms concerning the building of pleasant under the mid-tempo rhythmic structure. 'Mar' follows in a similar vein to the opener to a degree, although it is clear right from the start that the musical basic idea is bolder: it somewhat reminds me of Western Culture-era Henry Cow, with an enhanced mystical spirit and a warmer spirit, less intelectual so to speak. 'Ansiedad, Amnesia, Anonimato' is a frontal statement of good electro-jazz (one of the most common artistic resources in Campos' music), but the fina lresults is heavily enriched with dense sonic layers, pretty much related to what had previously appeared on the opening number. 'Ansiedad...' has a more euphoic feel, an atmosphere solidly based on the combination of programmed and real percussions while the bass guitar's relentless phrases and the horn arrangements share duties in the limelight. 'La Cosa Loca' is a brief duet of contrabass and trumpet, very cordial, announced and closed by friendly laughters - this piece provides a pertinent sense of intimacy among the exhibitions of sonic adventure that make most of the albums' repertoire. 'Estación Paraíso' returns in full swing to the ralms of electro-jazz, with a patent fusionesque tone that helps the track to achieve a sort of candidness that works as a counterpart to the cibernetic coolness of electronica. 'Doimo' offers a shift of ambience, becoming the arguably weirdest track in the album: here, you will find much of the somer RIO-inspired textures that were so revealing in the first two tracks, and well, here they arre predominant, too. Anyway, the sense of mystery is heavily pronounced in comparison. The last few minutes build a disturbing climax that had been gradually announced in the jamming that had taken place through the previous minutes. Even though things tend to seem a bit nightmarish, things never get to be too explicit: a sense of constraint is cleverly used here in order to give preference to texture over pomposity. 'Yo Creí', which is almost as long as 'Doimo', bears a more relaxed feel, but it doesn't mean that the experimental spirit decreases an inch: actually, here is where the progressive element is more patent, under the recurrent electro-jazz scheme. The cello solo that emerges somewhere in the middle starts an interesting variation in the instrumental expansion. These two tracks are, IMHO, the album's pinnacles. 'Triálogo' is more similar to what pre-Pastorius Weather Report did in the realm of avant-jazz in the early 70s: that is, jazz-fusion with rich additions from avantgarde free-jazz. Joe Vasconcellos and Cristián Crisosto are two special guests on this number (the latter having been a Campos colleague in Fulano). The 'Aire' and 'Llamas' sections of 'La Ausencia de lo Sagrado' close down the studio portion of this 2007 re-release: both are sketches focused on elaborating simple, evocative nuances. The bonus tracks are taken from a Jorge Campos Kuarteto performance at an experimental music festival: they are clear indications of the level of intensity and free creativity that occurs on stage with Jorge Campos' music. Not for the wider prog audiences, but very likely to attract listeners devoted to the modern side of jazz and fusion, Jorge Campos is a real genius from Chile. La Ausencia de lo Sagrado is an excellent example of how music can be inventive while being receptive of the refreshing sounds of modernity.

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 La Ausencia de lo Sagrado by CAMPOS, JORGE album cover Studio Album, 2004
4.03 | 3 ratings

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La Ausencia de lo Sagrado
Jorge Campos Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by progadicto

4 stars Jorge Campos is one of the most talented contemporary chilean musicians. He is consider one of the best bass & fretless players in South America and during his long and succesful career he played with legendary chilean bands like FULANO and CONGRESO.

During the last years he has been working in several side projects like JORGE CAMPOS KUARTET (electro-ethnic-fusion with two basses, drums and a DJ), ARAUKANIA KUINTET based in the music of Victor Jara and Violeta Parra, and GLOBALEVASION (electronic fusion power trio with ex members of FULANO).

La Ausencia de lo Sagrado is his third solo album and again he shows and confirm his talent as a musician and composer. During 60 minutes Campos shows his skills on bass and fretless (among other string instruments)vand takes a lot of different musical styles to make a solid album full of surprises, amazing arrangements and some really awsome songs mixing jazz, south american rhythms, dark athmospheres, electronic effects and sequences that build a kind of conceptual album dominated by instrumental songs.

La Ausencia de lo Sagrado (Viaje): Very dark and almost crimsonian intro with a powerful fretless solo. Through various sections you can feel different athmospheres with ethnical touches and exquisite arrangements for winds, violin and cello. Great guitar work by Tony Springer!

Mar: Very nice and floating song with Jorge and Amanda Irrarázaval vocals. Solid rhythmical drum base and simple jazzy-pop string arrangements.

Ansiedad Amnesia Anonimato: A song dominated by electronic sequences and percussions in constant proression. Simple and dark and in some way a kind of progress in comparison with similar experiments on his previous album MACHI.

La Cosa Loca: Jazzy trumpet leaded song with some background bass.

Estación Paraíso: Another song leaded by effects, sequences and percussions. Now, Campos takes some ethnical elements to build a solid instrumental with some salsa and jazz sections.

Siempre Pensé: Another nice, simple but well composed folk song with Jorge floating vocals. Beautiful lyrics!

Doimo: Wow! A strange mix of ethnic percussions, dark athmospheres and heavy drums... Some sections are pure avant garde and really close to Univers Zero stuff! A solid mini suite with an awsome climax leaded by an extraordinary fretless solo.

Yo Creí: A complex song with and slow intro with electric guitar that leads into a rhythmical secuence with some interesting loops and sequences that Campos uses to show his talent as a bassist... and surprise! He also is talented with electric guitar, cello and sitar, some of the instruments that he plays during the seven minutes of that song.

Trialogo: With the colaboration of Cristian Crisosto (FULANO) on sax and the well known chilean musician and composer Joe Vasconcellos (CONGRESO) on percussions and vocals, Campos build an almost improvised song with some folk elements and mysthical athmosphere leaded by Crisosto sax.

La Ausencia de lo Sagrado (Aire): A short, simple but nostalgic solo sax by Doug Richardson.

Mariana: Another simple but melancholic and almost naif folk song. Again, the floating and emotive vocals of Jorge, great lyrics and a beautiful wind section.

La Ausencia de lo Sagrado (Llamas): Short but misterious intermezzo with simple string arrangements.

La Ausencia de lo Sagrado (Canción): Maybe the weakes song if the album but yet beautiful. Nice lyrics and a simple rhythmical base gives some kind of charm to this almos pop song with folk-acoustic elements.

Cuando Voy al Trabajo: Strange ballad based on an original song by Victor Jara. Jorge stars this song singing a capella. Slowly, percussions, sax, drums, bass and guitar build a kind of jazzy/folk song, very sad and nostalgic.

Very good album... a great example of the chilean prog/fusion scene made by one of the best latin american musicians of these years. Highly recommended!

4.0*

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