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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

Bebop was probably the worst thing ever to happen to the trombone. While the blockish rhythms and rough-hewn sonorities of early jazz were tailor-made for — and in part, defined by — the infinitely flexible instrument, the technical requirements of modern jazz just about put it out of business. Over the years, a number of very fine players (J.J. Johnson and Frank Rosolino being, arguably, the foremost among them) managed to adapt the instrument to the exigencies of bop. In the process,...
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