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Christopher Gamper ~ Time Capture
Date: Saturday, June 06, 2009 @ 18:02:46 UTC


Artist: Christopher Gamper

CD: Time Capture

Home: Oakland, California

Style: Instrumental Jazz

Quote: "Live, smooth, sophisticated. Well, technically not live, but Christopher Gamper sure makes it sound like he set up a mic in a smoky jazz club and let the magic happen."

By Jennifer Layton

Live, smooth, sophisticated. Well, technically not live, but Christopher Gamper sure makes it sound like he set up a mic in a smoky jazz club and let the magic happen. The liner notes insist this was recorded in a studio, but I think Gamper is just being modest. The electricity is there. I swear I can hear the clink of martini glasses. He even mixes it up by working in three separate trios, and I can imagine artists climbing on and off the stage to join him. It feels way too spontaneous and fun to have been planned in advance.

The vibe flows from one song to another, changing moods, and I can imagine the stage lighting changing too. "Emily" starts off alluring and romantic, then picks up into something I can imagine the Peanuts crowd skating on a pond to. The awkwardly-titled "Rhythm-a-ning" has an almost funk beat with a vibraphone that makes it mystical. The mournful sax on "You’ve Changed" will have you ordering another drink over that certain someone you thought you were over already. "Lady Bird" shuffles and snaps. This is alive. I can’t believe this constantly-changing mood could be contained in a studio.

It really says something about Gamper when someone like me, who’s not really crazy about jazz, enjoys this. However, you’d better really be into this genre, because several of these tracks are over seven minutes long. Order another drink, light a cigarette, and listen to the rapid and playful keyboard bicker with the laid-back saxophone on "Turnaround." And remember to tip your waitress.

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