It"s Krunch Time ...entire catalog of new Blue Series label is year"s best release... -sonicnet ..(the blue series) just might provide a blueprint for the shape of jazz to come... -rollingstone.com Roy Campbell can be heard on several Blue Series recordings prior to this debut as a leader - "It"s Krunch Time." As part of Matthew Shipp"s Quartet for "Pastoral Composure" Roy"s trumpet playing was singled out for its depth, breadth and haunting quality. Roy was also part of the Blue Series Continuum who teamed up which legendary electronic artists Spring Heel Jack to create the groundbreaking "Masses". Now with "It"s Krunch Time", Roy Campbell has put together a dynamically creative team of players. Making his first appearance for the Blue Series on this recording is Khan Jamal, noted for his masterful vibraphone playing. Combined with stellar bassist Wilbur Morris and current David S. Ware drummer Guillermo E. Brown, Campbell"s "Its Krunch Time" carves out a spectacular range of musical thoughts, gestures and compositions to present one of the most innovative records of his career. Roy Campbell"s musical journey began when he started with piano lessons at the age of six. By the time he entered high school he had mastered the flute, recorder, violin, and trumpet. By 1971 Roy had joined the Jazz Mobile Workshop where he studied and played with jazz masters Lee Morgan, Kenny Dorham, and Joe Newman. By 1973, Roy had just turned twenty and was leading his own band "Spectrum". He was also in great demand as a sideman and studio musician. Some of the leading innovators of contemporary music he worked with during that time include Woody Shaw, Sun Ra, David Murray, CecilTaylor, Henry Threadgill, Rashied Ali, Eddie Harris, Ken McIntyre, Billy bang, Graig Harris, and Carlos Garnett. His travels and world wide exposure helped Roy to develop an international following. During the years of 1988-1992 he had spent time in Holland as a performer, lecturer, workshop teacher, and big band leader of such groups as the Thelonius New World Orchestra, Black Tulips in Transit, Ruud Bergamin Quintet, and many others.