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Signs of Life

by Jeff Ciampa

Contemporary Jazz guitar at it's finest. Jeff's melodic and thoughtful guitar style and love of Brazilian music and World Beat rhythms creates an evocative lyrical masterpeice featuring drummer-Danny Gottlieb and bassist-Mark Egan.
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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2. Habanero Nights
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3. Somewhere, Sometime
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4. Ice Rain
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5. Spring Song
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6. Signs of Life
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7. I've Heard It Before
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Contemporary Electric Guitar at it's finest

"The next generation of great improvisors"-Herald Tribune

Jeff Ciampa "Signs of Life"

All Star Lineup Featuring:

Mark Egan-Bass
Danny Gottlieb-Drums
Jon Werking-Keyboards
Billy Drewes-Sax
Rick Martinez-Keyboards

Engineered and Mixed by Richard Brownstein
Produced by Mark Egan and Jeff Ciampa
A Wavetone Production


This contemporary jazz release, "Signs of Life", showcases Jeff's extraordinary fluid guitar style and love of melodic and progressive jazz, Brazilian music and World Beat rhythms. He has combined these influences to create an evocative lyrical masterpeice that has been heralded by many audiences.

The ten original compositions on this 60 minute state of the art recording illustrate Jeff's impressive talents as both a premier jazz guitarist and accomplished composer and arranger.

The CD features world renowned musicians;
Mark Egan, Danny Gottlieb, Jon Werking, Billy Drewes and Rick Martinez.

Jeff's debut release continues the Wavetone tradition of offering the finest in contemporary innovative music.




Jeff Ciampa Biography


Contemporary Jazz Guitarist Jeff Ciampa, nonpareil among superb artists deserving wider recognition, has worked and toured with some of the most demanding practitioners, including vocalists Harry Belafonte and Jon Lucien. His fluid melodic style, steeped in the jazz tradition, continues to inspire fellow musicians and listeners worldwide.

Born and raised in central Pennsylvania, the aspiring performing artist began formal guitar lessons at the age of twelve. Upon entering college as a pre-med student, his passion for music overshadowed his desire to enter the medical profession. In short time, Jeff found himself studying at the esteemed Berklee School of Music in Boston under the tutelage of guitarist extraordinaire, Pat Metheny. In fact, several years later, he would find himself fronting a trio composed of Mr. Metheny’s sidemen who accompanied the guitarist on many of his seminal recordings: bassist Mark Egan and drummer Danny Gottlieb. Further intense studies in improvisation with Charlie Banacos elevated his talent to such heights that in short time Jeff found himself touring with Caribbean icon, singer/actor Harry Belafonte and subsequently with popular jazz vocalist, Jon Lucien.

After a lengthy stint with the aforementioned artists, Jeff befriended long time Ornette Coleman bassist, Al McDowell with whom he recorded three critically acclaimed sessions for Gramavision Records.

In the early 1980’s, Jeff extended his music studies with the much heralded jazz guitar master, Billy Bauer while at the same time delving into classical guitar studies with William Matthews.

Eventually, Jeff and his family moved to the bucolic village of Warwick, New York where he cultivated a close professional relationship with neighbor, Mark Egan. For several years, Jeff and Mark with drummer Danny Gottlieb would perform to sell-out audiences for Sugarloaf Music Series on their home turf throughout Orange County, New York. Jeff recorded two critcally acclaimed recordings from this collaboration, Signs of Life and House of Mirrors. Subsequently, the popular trio was booked into major jazz festivals, including the JVC in New York City, the Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island, the St. Lucia Jazz Festival, and the St. Kitt’s Jazz Festival.

In addition to performing and recording, Jeff is an accomplished writer and has collaborated with Luis Bonfa and Hazell Sherbill on the score for the musical, Carioca.

Founder and Executive Director for Sugarloaf Music Series, Russ Layne says, “For years I would never complete a season of jazz without Jeff Ciampa. His enthusiastic followers coupled with his ability to generate excitement through his virtuosity became the backbone of Sugarloaf Music. Jeff’s trio always necessitated a double-night billing…quite a feat for a jazz artist in rural ‘downstate’ New York.”

Guitar Magazine says, “Always the true professional, Mr. Ciampa performs with exuberance and aplomb . . .”

The Times Herald-Record wrote “ . . . another jazz gem residing and performing
in the Hudson Valley.”

SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY

SOLO
. Signs of Life - Wavetone Records
. House of Mirrors - Wavetone Records

OTHERS
. Freedom Town - Mark Egan - Wavetone Records
. Let There Be Silverlight - Terry Silverlight
. Time Peace - Al MacDowell - Gramavision
. Messiah - Al MacDowell - Gramavision
. Play - Al MacDowell – Gramavision
. Project Ivan Lins – Kenia
. Soul Insider – Bill Evans - ESC Records (2001 Grammy nomination)
. Sweet Baby James – Rock Candy Music
. String Theory – Gary Haase

FILM
. Daytrippers – composer Richard Martinez
. Criminal Justice (HBO – Academy Award winner Elliot Goldenthal)
. Shadow of a Doubt (NBC - composer Jane Ira Bloom)

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Morty Van Phelps

Awesome contemporary jazz guitar! Smokin' all star band. Jeff rocks!
This is one of those CDs that you can listen to anytime and any place. Really tasty contemporary jazz guitar, great songs and a great all star band.
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