Soul Lounge - Bona Fide:
Bona Fide is
the creation & musical alter ego for the smooth jazz crooner known as
Slim Man. Tim Camponeschi is the man behind the project. For a time,
Camponeschi worked as an in-house writer at Motown & then in the 80s
he MC'd a traveling country music talent contest. That was when he picked
up his unusual moniker. When asked how he had registered at a local
hotel, Camponeschi replied "slim chance" that he would give his real
name since he'd had experiences with unhappy contestants venting their
frustrations when they knew where to find him. In time that reply became
"Slim Man". After a few efforts fronting a rock band, Camponeschi launched
his solo career as The Slim Man with his debut in 1995. He had five
releases as the Slim Dude & gained an avid following with his love struck
ballads. Nevertheless, the changing 'musical climate' in radio found
the sound of the Slim Guy on the outs toward the end of the decade.
|In any event Camponeschi connected with a few
friends in & around the Baltimore area back in the late 90s and has found
broad based success as a member of the hip and funky group known as Bona
Fide. In 2001, Slim and the boys were named the top new group in Smooth
Jazz and what began as a trio on their 1999 debut has evolved into five-piece
combo. The current line up includes Slim Man on bass & production, George
Hazelrigg on piano (replacing original keyboardist Joe Ercole) , drummer
John E Coale, Howard Zizzi on percussion, & saxman Kevin Levi who remains
a band member in spite of relocating to California.
Remaining true to their mantra of delivering a grittier & funkier brand
of music, Soul Lounge maintains the Bona Fide tradition. On this their
debut on the Heads Up record label & their third release overall, Bona
Fide continue to tug at the boundaries of their unique brand of jazz infused
chill. In that regard, Soul Lounge is an on the mark description for the
project. For his part, Slim Man has spent a lot of time in Europe and
has become very familiar with its "lounge & chill" scene. However, they
are not mere clones in that style. Rather, what sets Bona Fide apart from
the rest is the warmth brought to their music by Slim's grounding in Smooth
Jazz and by the band's use of live instrumentation instead of simply relying
on loops, synthesizers & such !
Courtesy of the 'Slim site'
Nevertheless, on this occasion we're starting with a slightly more
melodic piece entitled B. More Knights & one that's highlighted by the
piano work of Joe Ercole. The Journey, cool & relaxed kicks off
hour two & the funky dance rhythms of Bona Fide Club conclude the
CD: Soul Lounge (2005)
Label: Heads Up International
|Back Trax: Part One
Me and You - Richard Elliot:
Elliot family moved from Glasgow to LA when Richard was only three.
He began on sax in junior high & took to it quite naturally. However,
Elliot didn't consider a career in music until he discovered that his
high school music teacher also did some moonlighting as a studio musician.
At seventeen Richard landed his first professional gig touring with
Natalie Cole and The Pointer Sisters. For a time he played in a fusion
band called Kittyhawk; that was followed by a few session with some
legendary Motown artists, among them Smokey Robinson, The Four Tops
and The Temptations. Elliot then enjoyed some touring & recording with
The Yellowjackets, that was followed by more touring with Melissa Manchester.
1982 proved to be a pivotal year in Richard's career as he joined Tower
Of Power. Elliot fondly recalls the five years he spent with the ensemble
as being most influential in his early career. While with TOP, he played
on a couple of Huey Lewis albums & in 1986 he released his own debut.
The success of that effort was all the encouragement that he needed
to begin his solo career. In the time since, Elliot has been a consistent
chart-topper and has become one of the most recognizable artists in
a genre that he helped pioneer! On this occasion we're ravishing 1990's
What's Inside and what was already his 5th solo release. From that effort
we present a long time Café Jazz favourite!
CD: What's Inside (1990)
Magic Hour - Steve Allee:
was enrolled in the Indiana School of Music when he accepted a six-night-a-week
gig in order to support his young family. After a year of late night
commuting and skipping classes Steve decided to become a full time musician.
Thru a friend, he landed a spot with Buddy Rich but shortly thereafter,
he got the word he'd been drafted. After his tour of duty, Steve got
right back into music and among other experiences, he played with a
'big band' for about eight years. In 1988, Allee was asked to record
piano for a local radio program called The Bob & Tom Show. One thing
led to another and he became the musical director for the program. Over
the years, the show has grown and it presently airs in over 100 markets
throughout the US. As for Allee, well he's been with them ever since!
Nevertheless, for a period in the 90s Steve dabbled with a contemporary
sound as he connected with Tom Borton in Los Angeles. Borton produced
The Magic Hour which was Allee's solo debut. The title track proved
to be a popular tune at smooth jazz radio thruout a good part of the
Although the thought of relocating was always very tempting, Allee has
remained in Indianapolis, where he's as busy as he's ever been. In addition
to his responsibilities for The Bob and Tom Show, Allee regularly performs
at local venues with his own 16-piece big band. He's also appeared at
a variety of jazz festivals on both the national & international
level and although he's had a couple of other releases, The Magic Hour
remains the one for which he is best known. In any event, from that
effort, we have the excellent title track!
CD: The Magic Hour (1994)
After Hours ~ Exclusive to our Web Site :
Thanks for connecting with the After Hours portion of the show! On this
edition we're spotlighting music from Kim Waters as part of our T&N feature.
There's more from Turning Point, Joe McBride, & Jason Weber as we further
explore each of their releases. We're introducing Michael B Sutton and
we also have never before been played on our show tracks from Rick Braun
and Jay Soto. But to get things going, we have something brand new from
the guitarist who records
as Javid. From his Silk Roads release, the mellow sounds of Paz Y Amor
get us right into the great grooves of After Hours !
Then & Now Feature : Kim Waters
Sweet and Saxy
From the Heart
In The Name
All For Love
is a native of Maryland and was born into a musical family. He picked
up his first instrument, the violin, at the age of eight. But at 13,
when he discovered the sax, he felt he had found his calling so he
ending up switching to it. Not long afterwards, he started up a band
with his brothers James and Eric and a few years later, he launched
his solo career.
Photo ~ back insert
In The Name of Love!
When Waters first appeared as a recording artist in 1989, he
found support for his music on R&B and Urban radio. He did however,
score a modest hit with Sweet & Saxy, the title track and its
crossover smooth jazz appeal. And, although he released a series
of projects over the next few years, things didn't really get
into high gear until the issue of Love's Melody in 1998.
That album was already Waters' ninth and yet it marked a slight
modification of his style as Kim took his music in a smoother
direction. The album peaked at #10 for the year, yielded the
smash hit Nightfall, and paved the way for Waters as a smooth
jazz artist. Now with a total of 14 releases in the course of
his 16-year career Waters has scored ten #1 hits and has sold
over a million records, placing him among the top 5 best selling
instrumentalists in the genre.
In recent years Kim has also enjoyed considerable airplay on
Urban radio with projects such as Streetwize and Tha' Hot Club.
Our focus however, remains his works as they relate to smooth
such, we've selected a six pack of tracks that we feel well represent
some of Kim's best efforts in that regard. In order, they are the
aforementioned Sweet and Saxy and Nightfall. To that we've added Hudson
River Nights, After Midnight, Tell Me So, and Steppin' Out from his
current release. Those are taken from the above albums respectively
and taken collectively, they constitute a great Then & Now feature!