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On paper they’re an odd musical couple: Heather Masse sings with folk group The Wailin’ Jennys, while Roswell Rudd is a respected avant-garde jazz trombonist several decades her elder. But their lingua franca of old-school jazz balladry results in an album with an ageless patina. Masse’s silky alto pipes and Rudd’s vibrant, visceral licks dart gracefully around each other like longtime dancing partners, whether they’re tackling originals such as the tender “Love Song for August,” or redefining the Duke Ellington standard “Mood Indigo” as a swooping, diving masterpiece of minimalism.


Born: November 17, 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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