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Secret Architecture at the Jazz Bar in Edinburgh, Scotland, 11/26/11

A "sophisticatedly engaging" quartet that references bop, fusion and more

Fraser Campbell of Secret Architecture at the Jazz Bar, Edinburgh, Scotland, Nov. 2011
Secret Architecture at the Jazz Bar, Edinburgh, Scotland, Nov. 2011
Secret Architecture at the Jazz Bar, Edinburgh, Scotland, Nov. 2011
Secret Architecture at the Jazz Bar, Edinburgh, Scotland, Nov. 2011
Fraser Campbell of Secret Architecture at the Jazz Bar, Edinburgh, Scotland, Nov. 2011
Fraser Campbell of Secret Architecture at the Jazz Bar, Edinburgh, Scotland, Nov. 2011

Scotland and New York City generally don’t have many things in common, but one-albeit always, to some degree, in transit-is the young tenor saxophonist and expatriate Fraser Campbell. After leaving his hometown of Perth to attend Boston’s Berklee College of Music, Campbell began playing with some classmates: pianist Wade Ridenhour, bassist Julian Smith and drummer Zach Mangan. They all graduated in either 2007 or 2008 and, after dubbing themselves Secret Architecture (which sometimes includes saxophonist J.J. Byars) have since landed themselves a comfortable gig at Caffe Vivaldi in New York’s West Village, where they have held a weekly residence for the past year.

Campbell came home to Scotland alongside the rest of the quartet last week, marking part of a larger tour with a two-set performance at the Jazz Bar in Edinburgh on Saturday night. The venue, which serves as the only real pulse of the city’s jazz scene, seemed to be filled equally with fans and the family and friends embracing the triumphant return of a favorite son.

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