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April 2005

Royce Campbell
Six by Six
Moon Cycle

Royce Campbell takes a far more traditional approach to playing with fellow guitarists on Six By Six, a 1993 recording originally released on the Japanese Paddlewheel label and recently issued in the States by Moon Cycle. Backed by four separate swinging rhythm sections, Campbell blows fluid, bop-infused lines alongside guitar greats Larry Coryell, Pat Martino, John Abercrombie, Dave Stryker and Pizzarelli. Highlights include the blistering exchanges with Martino on a briskly tempoed "Milestones," a funky treatment of "Love for Sale" with Coryell, a burning "Angular Blues" with Abercrombie," a beautifully relaxed, swinging interpretation of Bill Evans' chamberlike "Interplay" with Stryker and a lush "Darn That Dream" with Bucky Pizzarelli. Campbell is an extremely gifted and versatile player whom jazz guitar enthusiasts would be well advised to check out.

Originally published in April 2005
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