Communion (Roy Campbell album)

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Studio album by Roy Campbell
Released 1995
Recorded September 13 & 14, 1994
Studio Pilot Recording, New York
Genre Jazz
Length 74:40
Label Silkheart
Producer Roy Campbell
Roy Campbell chronology
La Tierra del Fuego
(1994)La Tierra del Fuego1994
Ancestral Homeland
(1998)Ancestral Homeland1998

Communion is the third album by American jazz trumpeter Roy Campbell and the debut recording with his Pyramid Trio with bassist William Parker and Reggie Nicholson replacing original drummer Zen Matsuura. The album was recorded in 1994 and released on the Swedish Silkheart label. Roy pays tribute to avant-garde jazz musicians Don Cherry, Hannibal Marvin Peterson, and brothers Don & Albert Ayler.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz 3/4 stars[3]

Scott Yanow, in his review for AllMusic, says because of the length of some of the pieces, "there are some meandering moments but in general the interplay between the three musicians holds one's interest."[2] The Penguin Guide to Jazz states "Campbell remains a gratifying and lyrical performer, even at his furthest out." [3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Roy Campbell except as indicated
  1. "Communion" (William Parker) - 9:15
  2. "Vigilance" - 9:18
  3. "Chant for Don Cherry"- 12:04
  4. "Air Pockets" (William Parker) - 14:32
  5. "Blues for Albert and Don Ayler" - 15:22
  6. "One for Hannibal" - 14:09



  1. ^ Communion Archived 2014-02-22 at the Wayback Machine. at Silkheart Records
  2. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. Roy Campbell – Communion: Review at AllMusic. Retrieved February 3, 2014.
  3. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2002). The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (6th ed.). London: Penguin. p. 243. ISBN 0-14-051521-6.