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Burton Greene & Roy Campbell Quartet: Isms Out

Jazz is about taking chances. Generally, however, it’s better for a player to go into combat carrying a bazooka than a slingshot. In the proper context, Roy Campbell is one of the premiere jazz trumpeters. On this, however, he and co-leader Burton Greene take on a set of relatively straightahead compositions, a battle for which Campbell is not well armed.

Tone, inflection, rhythm and melody-and an unfettered imagination, of course-are Campbell’s strengths. His best work is made vivid by emotional depth and facilitated by the removal of constraints. Campbell has trouble with these postboppish tunes, struggling with intonation and scuffling noticeably with the written melodies.

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