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Trombone Tribe is a feast of low horn tones, a joyous meeting of slides and growls. The veteran trombonist Roswell Rudd plays with a number of different musicians on the album, including the Gangbe Brass Band of Benin, who appear on “Fan Fare” and “A Place Above,” a piece that takes up Tribe’s last five tracks. “Astro Slyde,” which draws from Eastern European sounds, features trombone solos from Josh Roseman, Wycliffe Gordon, and Sam Burtis. “No End” opens with a bass solo by living legend Henry Grimes, before the Trombone Tribe Band, propelled by drummer Barry Altschul, breaks into full swing. “Bone Again…” finds Rudd hooking up with the funky New Orleans outfit, Bonerama, while the New York-based group Sex Mob are guests on a version of “Twelve Bars,” a tune by the late pianist Herbie Nichols. The Trombone Tribe returns for “Slide & the Family Bone,” which starts off with a free improv passage; the group then heads into updated Dixieland territory. Tuba player Bob Stewart holds down the low low end as all voices — including Henry Grimes on violin — have their say.

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Speaks with Roswell's vibe

This is a great album. Such great playing, such diversity of material, and all the playing speaks with Roswell's vibe. I dig the arrangements too. And the rhythm section is great.


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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