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Album Review

Although trombonist Ray Anderson sounded fine on his earlier trio and quartet dates, he really comes into his own when joined by other horns. This spirited (and sometimes jubilant) CD matches Anderson with trumpeter Stanton Davis, clarinetist Perry Robinson, Bob Stewart on tuba, bassist Mark Dresser and drummer Ronnie Burrage. "Fishin' With Gramps" (which was also recorded by Anderson with George Gruntz's Concert Jazz Band) is a crackup; the two versions of "Once In a While" are full of spirit; this interpretation of "La Vie En Rose" is unique; and the trombonist's many originals cover plenty of ground (including "Raven's Jolly Jump-Up" and "Ross the Boss"). An excellent example of the innovative Ray Anderson's work.


Born: October 16, 1952 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Ray Anderson is a living embodiment of the uninhibited and at times rambunctious approach to individualized expression that is a vital element dating back to the beginnings of jazz through Lester Bowie, Charles Mingus, Dizzy Gillespie, and Roy Eldridge to Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, and Bessie Smith. In addition to his trailblazing exploration of the tonal and textural possibilities of the trombone, Anderson has the singular distinction of having transferred Dick Griffin's multiphonic...
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