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Campbell, Roy Pyramid Trio: Ancestral Homeland (No More Records)

A masterful album that embraces jazz, African and Native American musics from the late NY trumpeter Roy Campbell's fourth album from 1998 in a trio, using a strong percussive pulse over Campbell's phenomenal soloing, at times joining on percussion alongside drummer Zen Matsuura, with William Parker also taking up percussion alongside his powerful double bass work.
 

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UPC: 618801000725

Label: No More Records
Catalog ID: NOMORE 007CD
Squidco Product Code: 26569

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 1998
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded at Strobe Light Sound Studio in New York City, New York on February 12th, 1998, by Andrei Strobert


Personnel:

Roy Campbell, Jr.-trumpet, flugelhorn, trumpet, clarinet, recorder, flute, percussion

William Parker-bass, percussion

Zen Matsuura-drums, gong, percussion

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Artist Biographies:

"Roy Sinclair Campbell Jr. (September 29, 1952 - January 9, 2014) was an American trumpeter frequently linked to free jazz, although he also performed rhythm and blues and funk during his career.

Born in Los Angeles, California, in 1952, Campbell was raised in New York City. At the age of fifteen he began learning to play trumpet and soon studied at the Jazz Mobile program along with Kenny Dorham, Lee Morgan and Joe Newman. Throughout the 1960s, still unacquainted with the avant-garde movement, Campbell performed in the big bands of the Manhattan Community College. From the 1970s onwards he performed primarily within the context of free jazz, spending some of this period studying with Yusef Lateef.

In the early 1990s Campbell moved to the Netherlands and performed regularly with Klaas Hekman and Don Cherry. In addition to leading his own groups, he performed with Yo La Tengo, William Parker, Peter Brotzmann, Matthew Shipp, and other improvisors. Upon returning to the United States he began leading his group Other Dimensions In Music and also formed the Pyramid Trio, a pianoless trio formed with William Parker. He performed regularly as part of the Festival of New Trumpet Music, which is held annually in New York City.

He died in January 2014 of hypertensive atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease at the age of 61."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Campbell_Jr.)
11/18/2019

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"William Parker is a bassist, improviser, composer, writer, and educator from New York City, heralded by The Village Voice as, "the most consistently brilliant free jazz bassist of all time."

In addition to recording over 150 albums, he has published six books and taught and mentored hundreds of young musicians and artists.

Parker's current bands include the Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra, In Order to Survive, Raining on the Moon, Stan's Hat Flapping in the Wind, and the Cosmic Mountain Quartet with Hamid Drake, Kidd Jordan, and Cooper-Moore. Throughout his career he has performed with Cecil Taylor, Don Cherry, Milford Graves, and David S. Ware, among others."

-William Parker Website (http://www.williamparker.net/)
11/18/2019

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Drummer Zen Matsuura, aka Takeshi Zen Matsuura, born in Kobe, Hyogo, Japan, performing in New York City starting in the 1980's. He died September 19th, 2015. He was a member of Billy Bang Sextet, Commitment, Roy Campbell Pyramid Trio, and performed with William Parker.

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track listing:


1. Song For Alan 11:42

2. Ancestral Homeland 11:56

3. The Positive Path 14:35

4. Oglala Eclipse 9:20

5. Bean Dance 5:08

6. Brother Yusef (Intro) 3:26

7. Brother Yusef 6:10

8. Camel Caravan 10:26
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"The Pyramid Trio, led by Roy Campbell, has been on the New York scene since 1984. Ancestral Homeland is their first domestic release and it features the original line-up of Campbell (trumpet, flute, and percussion), William Parker (bass, percussion) and Zen Matsuura (drums). The music of this group is based on the music of the world, both composed and improvised. By encompassing African, Native American and jazz structures, the music transcends styles by freely shifting between percussion jams, beautiful melodies and improvised jazz."-No More Records



"This intriguing set features long improvisations by trumpeter Roy Campbell, bassist William Parker, and drummer Zen Matsuura on seven of Campbell's pieces. The musicians pay close attention to each other and keep the avant-garde music quite unpredictable yet moving forward and ultimately logical. Though Campbell is usually the lead voice, the other musicians play important roles in determining the direction of the music, offering constant commentary on Campbell's ideas. Each listen to these performances reveals more secrets and shows how well these three master players communicate with each other. A stimulating set."-Scott Yanow, All Music


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