JAZZIZ presents the premiere of “Last Time Thing,” a jazzy groover from Fake Jazz & Theme Songs, the debut solo album of guitarist Jason “Slim” Gambill, best-known as the secret weapon of country music superstars Lady Antebellum. “As the first tune I wrote for the project … ‘Last Time Thing’ best represents the scope of the album and me as a musician,” he explains to us. “A dirty White Stripe-esque guitar riff and ’70s George Benson vibes, with allusions to the Beatles and Curtis Mayfield, all tied together with an all-star horn section. That’s me in a nutshell.” Fake Jazz & Theme Songs will be out on September 6. Check out the article - click here
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Slim appears in Rolling Stone with his song "54321 (featuring Jeff Coffin)" - READ ARTICLE
"In his spare time as Lady Antebellum’s longtime touring guitarist, Slim Gambill makes instrumental music rooted in the freedom and smooth delivery of jazz. Here, he changes time signatures and burns up the fretboard with the funky “54321,” which also features a horn solo from the Dave Matthews Band’s Jeff Coffin." - Robert Crawford
Lady Antebellum Guitarist Slim Gambill Drops Jazzy '54321' From Debut Album: Exclusive
8/15/2019 by Gary Graf
The world is about to get a different taste of Jason "Slim" Gambill, the pigtailed guitarist for Lady Antebellum, via his upcoming solo album Fake Jazz & Theme Songs.
As the title indicates, the Colorado-raised, USC-educated Gambill's own music comes from a different kind of stylistic country, and there's nothing fake about the jazzy terrain he explores on many of its 10 tracks. One of the songs, "54321," which Billboard premieres exclusively today (Aug. 15), includes saxophonist Jeff Coffin... Continue To Article
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Slim Gambill Interview & Feature
Slim is featured in this month's edition of Jazz Guitar Today. Read the Interview - click here
Fake Jazz & Theme Songs - Album Promo
Release Date: September 6th, 2019
Atlanta Jazz Festival
May 25-26, 2019
Last year the festival operated under the threat of rain all weekend. This year's 42nd edition saw record-tying high temperatures: 93 and 94 degrees Fahrenheit (ten degrees above the historical averages). No doubt it is a coincidence that the programming was cooler than last year's: lots of contemporary/smooth jazz and pop, and very little progressive jazz or Latin. Not that this had any apparent effect on the size (or enthusiasm) of the audiences. It should also be noted that several of the acts have current or past associations with Blue Note Records, giving the festival a bit of contemporary Blue Note flavor overall.
Slim Gambill & The Ludlow St. Project
Nashville guitarist/composer Slim Gambill has a high-profile main gig, as guitarist with the backing band for the hit country trio Lady Antebellum. He titled his solo album Fake Jazz & Theme Songs (Ludlow St. Records, 2019), but there was plenty of real jazz on offer. The opening tune featured a head in octaves (Wes Montgomery or George Benson style), which morphed into an over-driven rock guitar solo—Gambill is a killer guitarist in both styles. The second tune had a fast bebop head, with walking bass. The band was introduced as first-call Nashville players, and they certainly demonstrated that: this piece included bebop piano & guitar solos, followed by solos from drums and electric bass. "54321" included a quote from Jimi Hendrix's "The Wind Cries Mary," then moved on to big guitar and organ solos.
Gambill thanked the audience, noting that "I'm usually in a country band, so thanks." He introduced a tune titled "Meet The Family," saying that it was a working title ("for no particular reason") which stuck, because "I'm bad at titles." They then performed a "name that tune" mashup, which turned out to be legendary jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery's "Four On Six" combined with Stevie Wonder's "I Wish" from Songs In The Key Of Life (Tamla, 1976). "Lyla Marie" is titled for his young daughter. But "it's not a sensitive ballad, because she's a firecracker: she's a little rocker." Dynamic vocalist Candice Devine joined the band for "Over Getting Over You" and "Treat Me Like A Lady." The set ended with the instrumental "Last Time Thing" (which opened the album, but also worked very well as a closer).
Slim will release his debut album, "Fake Jazz & Theme Songs" on September 6th, 2019. Stay tuned for more info and sign up on the mailing list to be notified when the CD becomes available for Pre-Sale. In the meantime, listen to short clips from the upcoming album below.
Slim Gambill and his band featuring Latavius Mulzac, Michael Majett and Elijah "DD" Holt will perform at this year's Atlanta Jazz Festival at Piedmont Park on the Park Drive Stage at 4:30 EST. More Info