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Josh Roseman: Give the Drummond Some

Josh Roseman

The paramount trombonist of the Skatalites, Don Drummond was a prolific composer who, before taking his own life at age 37, penned over 300 songs and laid the groundwork for countless trombonists to come, Boston’s Josh Roseman being no exception. “Don Drummond was a luminary,” Roseman says, “a guiding light for the ska and jazz movement in Jamaica. And being of Jamaican descent as well, I think about his position in the music and the broader context.”

Roseman pays tribute to Drummond and takes his legacy a step further on New Constellations (Accurate), recorded live at Vienna’s Birdland club. Drummond’s compositions are remixed and reimagined, presented alongside Roseman’s own hard-grooving originals, and brought to life by a new band. “There are three components to it: It is a tribute to Don, which I’ve been meaning to do for a long time. My evolving, burgeoning path that I’m working on just has to do with giving back artistically, culturally and karmically to people who’ve sustained me, and Don is definitely one of them. Next it’s a live record, and then the third aspect of it is that it’s a remix record.”

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