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Josh Roseman

Josh Roseman

“I think of myself as a synthesist of sorts,” says trombonist/bandleader Josh Roseman. “I’ve been fed by so many different forms of music. I would like to put out records that demonstrate how all the stuff makes sense without canceling each other out.”

He succeeds on Cherry. From start to finish, Roseman’s audacious debut for Knitting Factory/Velour revels in satirical deconstruction and irreverent retranslation of familiar pop themes he grew up with. The opener, a skewered ska take on Elvis Presley’s hit “Don’t Be Cruel,” instantly marks him as a renegade with a wacky streak. Elsewhere, an urgently swinging, reharmonized treatment of the Beatles’ “If I Fell” and a kitschy interpretation of Burt Bacharach’s “In the Land of Make Believe” stand alongside three Sun Ra originals and similarly twisted interpretations of Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir,” Marvin Gaye’s “Just to Keep You Satisfied” and Kurt Cobain’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” On the CD, the Josh Roseman Unit is a crack band of kindred renegade spirits: guitarists David Fiuczynski and Ben Monder, drummer Joey Baron, bassist Scott Colley, organist John Medeski and the late trumpeter Lester Bowie.

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