Tim ‘Slim Man’ Camponeschi has a favorite thing. "My favorite thing is to play with this band as much as possible". Bona Fide’s debut album on Heads Up, a band that come together in the 1990’s is a blend of contemporary jazz and progressive jazz combined with straight forward thinking and listening.
The album starts off with "Bona Fide Club." It’s a funky little groove that when you have heard it once you have been accepted into the ‘Bona Fide’ club and that is where they want you to be. Camponeschi, bassist and songwriter along with saxophonist Kevin Levi, keyboardist George Hazelrigg, drummer John E. Coale and percussionist Howard Zizzi have come together to make an album that is a throw back to the early days of Motown of the 1970’s and 1980’s.
Entitled Soul Lounge this record brings soul. Levi’s saxophone on "Funk Box" is bright and soulful. Fourth song "Girard’s" may take the lead as the best track on the album with Hazelrigg’s keyboard/piano skills and Camponeschi delving into the funk bass beat. Coming at thirteen minutes long, "Deep Chill" starts off with a water sound and then chills out. This song should be featured on the next ‘chill out mix’. It would be a worthy addition, Hazelrigg again shines on keyboard with Coale adding subtle drumming, not messing around with the beat. This song could possibly be the standout of the whole entire album, over taking "Girard’s" as a perennial favorite.
All in all, Bona Fide has put together an album of contemporary jazz combined with a bit of chill out. They arrived in the late 1990’s and have progressed into the 2000’s and beyond.