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Xtreme Measures

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Untouchably Radical Australian Fusion

The Australian quartet of guitarist Nick Carr, drummer Daniel Luttick, bassist Dean Gaudoin and keyboardist Gianni D'Ambra have released their debut, self-titled release Xtreme Measures. An intense and potent blending of contemporary rock with the complexities of jazz, the instrumental work is rife with scorching fusion lines, courtesy of Carr. Each instrumentalist gets a lot of space on the CD to show their individual talents, thus creating an even broader base of potential fans for the release. All tracks are original, and fans of the heavy fusion found on this site will really enjoy Xtreme Measures, due to its 'xcellent' musicianship, 'xpansive' creativity, 'xciting' percussion and 'xpressive' guitar 'xcursions'. As they say in their promotional materials, this music is not for the faint-hearted, carving a new pathway for Australian musical talent.

alb Guitarist Nick Carr has been forming a reputation among his fellow musicians as one who is never afraid to continue to push the boundaries. Nick's interest in music became obvious as a young child and his first formal lessons were on the violin at the age of 10. He made rapid progress, however at the age of 12, Nick started guitar lessons, and within a few years the guitar became his main instrument. Since then, Nick hasn't looked back, and has studied with some of Australia's best guitarists, most notably Gary Stafford, Mario Lattuada and Rob Bratetich. He has traveled around Australia with original artists, most notably Australian country music sensation Sovereign. In recent years, Nick has based himself in Japan, the fusion capital of the world, where his reputation is ever growing.

Their debut album promises to bring national and international recognition to the members of Xtreme Measures.

Contact Information
Daniel Luttick
24 Station Rd. Montmorency
Victoria 3094
Australia

E-mail: Xtreme Measures
Web site: www.danielluttick.com

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Royce Campbell

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Jazz Duets With The Greats

Here's a great concept, especially for guitar lovers. Guitarist Royce Campbell loads up his ten track instrumental jazz offering with duets with some of the most influential guitarists out there. Six By Six features Campbell trading lines with Pat Martino, Bucky Pizzarelli, John Abercrombie, Larry Coryell, and up and comer Dave Stryker. The LA Daily News and numerous other newspapers have called it the "jazz guitar CD of the year" - and with good reason. The opening track "Happy Blues" (with Coryell) kicks off the proceedings in a high energy fashion, while "Milestones" (with Martino) uses a model style harmony to allow for a rousing showcase of single line talent, as Martino and Campbell 'trade fours'. Another highlight is the samba style chosen for the Stryker/Campbell duet on the standard "Softly As In a Morning Sunrise". Three Campbell originals, and great track notes in the package only add to the enjoyment of this historical release.

pic Born in Indiana, Royce took up guitar in 1961 at the age of nine, and started playing professional gigs eight years later. He spent the seventies performing and touring with Henry Mancini and Marvin Gaye, which led to his first album "Solo Guitar", in 1983. Then a prolific recording period began in 1987, as Royce put out seven albums on various labels between 1987 and 1994 - among them, "Project G-5, A Tribute To Wes Montgomery" (1992) and the Japanese release of "Six By Six" in 1994. The late nineties and beyond meant the release of several more albums, including "Project G-5, A Tribute to Joe Pass" and "Make Me Rainbows". In 2000, Royce joined the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, and in 2001 played with the legendary Quincy Jones.

Campbell was featured on the cover of the two main jazz guitar magazines String Jazz and Just Jazz Guitar. He was also featured in profiles in Jazz Times, Down Beat, Guitar Player Magazine, 21st Century Guitar, Japan's Swing Journal and Germany's Akustik Gitarre. It is apparent that more and more people are becoming aware of Campbell's talents as a world class jazz guitar master.

Contact Information
Jim Eigo
Jazz Promo Services
269 S. Route 94
Warwick, NY 10990
United States

E-mail: Royce Campbell
Web site: www.roycecampbell.com

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