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Trombonist Roswell Rudd made his debut as leader with this eponymous 1965 date recorded in the Netherlands for the European-based America label. Fans of Rudd will immediately recognize his peculiar slide-heavy and note-bending style. While the album is primarily a free jazz effort, tracks such as "Old Stuff" and "Respects" do belie a quasi-boppish influence not dissimilar to the work of avant-garde icon saxophonist Ornette Coleman. Rudd is joined here by alto saxophonist John Tchicai, bassist Finn Von Eyben, and drummer Louis Moholo.


Born: 17 November 1935 in Sharon, CT

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Roswell Rudd is the most distinctive trombonist to emerge from the avant-garde/free-jazz world era of the 1960s. He is one of the only musicians from the period to bypass the overwhelming influence of bebop almost completely. He went straight from being a tailgate trombonist in a Dixieland band to co-founding the ultra avant-garde New York Art Quartet, with few stops in between. Rudd exploited the trombone's natural proclivities to the fullest, and he didn't try to mimic the language of bebop, which...
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