Learn How

We need your help in 2018

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz is looking for readers to help fund our 2018 projects that directly support jazz. You can make this happen by purchasing ad space or by making a donation to our fund drive. In addition to completing every project (listed here), we'll also hide all Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

277

Royce Campbell: Six By Six

By

Sign in to view read count
During the first half of the 1990s, guitarist Royce Campbell produced a series of tribute albums to Wes Montgomery. These sessions appeared on Campbell's own Paddlewheel Records, which was a subsidiary of the Japanese King label. They were released in the United States on Evidence. At that time, Royce Campbell was approached regarding a new project that would team the guitarist with five leading jazz plectrists of his choice. The resulting album, 6 X 6, featuring Campbell in performance with John Abercrombie, Larry Coryell, Pat Martino, Bucky Pizzarelli and Dave Stryker, was released in 1994 in Japan and later in Europe to critical praise. One decade later, the album is finally being made available in the US, retitled Six By Six.

Each of the guest guitarists is given two tracks apiece with, essentially, their own bassist and drummer, and Royce Campbell is the second guitarist on each of the selections, providing rhythm and the opportunity to trade fours with the respective players. Considering the range and experience of these guitarists, all are playing in a mainstream style. Perhaps the biggest surprise is Dave Stryker, who since the early 1980s has shown a distinct blues jazz influence per his association with Stanley Turrentine and Jack McDuff. On both Bill Evans' "Interplay" and "Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise," Stryker is a lyrical treat. Larry Coryell, who is quite comfortable in a variety of jazz guitar settings, shines on "Happy Blues" and "Love for Sale." John Abercrombie displays a typical blurred note delivery on his selections, while Bucky Pizzarelli shows his expertise with round, warm notes on the ballad "Darn That Dream" and then a swinging "Dancing on the Ceiling." Pat Martino, who has garnered even more success since this recording date, shows his technical prowess on a lovely bossa version of "Naima" and the Miles Davis standard "Milestones."

Royce Campbell has also recorded five other independent albums in a small group setting and with strings, plus an additional tribute to Charlie Byrd. Perhaps it is now time for him to reach a wider audience.


Track Listing: Happy Blues, Love For Sale, Milestones, Naima, Angular Blues, Day Into Night, Interplay, Softly,As In A Morning Sunrise, Darn That Dream, Dancing On The Ceiling.

Personnel: Aggregate Personnel: Royce Campbell, Larry Coryell, Pat Martino, John Abercrombie, Dave Stryker, Bucky Pizzarelli, guitars; Ugona Okegwo, Essiet Essiet, Bill Moring or Lynn Seaton,bass; Bill Drummond, Marcello Pellitteri or Joe Cocuzzo,drums.

Title: Six By Six | Year Released: 2004 | Record Label: Moon Cycle

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read OR CD/LP/Track Review OR
by Geno Thackara
Published: January 18, 2018
Read The Songbook Project CD/LP/Track Review The Songbook Project
by Don Phipps
Published: January 18, 2018
Read Solo a Genova CD/LP/Track Review Solo a Genova
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: January 18, 2018
Read Reaching Out CD/LP/Track Review Reaching Out
by Mark Corroto
Published: January 18, 2018
Read Satoko Fujii Solo CD/LP/Track Review Satoko Fujii Solo
by Karl Ackermann
Published: January 17, 2018
Read when the shade is stretched CD/LP/Track Review when the shade is stretched
by Mark Sullivan
Published: January 17, 2018
Read "Taking Direction" CD/LP/Track Review Taking Direction
by Marithe Van der Aa
Published: April 4, 2017
Read "Kingdom" CD/LP/Track Review Kingdom
by Roger Farbey
Published: April 20, 2017
Read "Satin Doll – A Tribute to Billy Strayhorn" CD/LP/Track Review Satin Doll – A Tribute to Billy Strayhorn
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: March 23, 2017
Read "Desert Pulse" CD/LP/Track Review Desert Pulse
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 30, 2017
Read "Parts Unknown" CD/LP/Track Review Parts Unknown
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: May 6, 2017
Read "Loneliness Road" CD/LP/Track Review Loneliness Road
by Doug Collette
Published: October 1, 2017