As I drove through the Berkshires of Massachusetts yesterday, I switched back and forth between Joe Satriani's Surfing With The Alien and Hornsby's new Camp Meeting. Yes, a huge contrast in sounds, no doubt about that. But that area of the state affords huge contrasts in viewing: gorgeous mountain outlooks vs. old, abandoned houses and hotels. Really weird. Really beautiful.
So now Hornsby has made a full-on jazz record, with Christian McBride on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums. I could see this move coming from way off. Obviously Bruce has both the chops and the ideas to pull it off. Hornsby puts his folksy twist on some well-known jazz tunes as well as a few of his own compositions and even an Ornette Coleman rarity. This isn't just a record for Hornsby fans who might be interested in jazz. No, it's a jazz record all the way through.
The interplay between these individuals is stunning, like they've been playing together for years. 'Chemistry' is the word.
And now I've got to get back to hanging out with a friend who I've known for a very long time. We have a whole lot of nothing to get to.