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Roswell Rudd: Song Styles of a Planet

Roswell Rudd
Roswell Rudd

The influential trombonist and composer Roswell Rudd has died. His passing was confirmed this afternoon by a representative for the label RareNoise, which released Rudd’s recent album, Embrace. He was 82, and while no official cause was provided, Rudd had suffered with cancer for several years. JT is currently at work on an obituary. Presented here is the magazine’s 2006 profile, by Geoffrey Himes. 

When Roswell Rudd turned 70 in November, the legendary trombonist celebrated by throwing a party at New York’s Rubin Museum of Art. The party featured a reunion with some of Rudd’s earliest and most influential musical partners–not Cecil Taylor, Archie Shepp or John Tchicai but Eli’s Chosen Six.

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Geoffrey Himes

Geoffrey Himes has written about jazz and other genres of music on a regular basis for the Washington Post since 1977 and has also written for JazzTimes, Paste, Rolling Stone, New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, National Public Radio, and others. His book on Bruce Springsteen, Born in the U.S.A., was published by Continuum Books in 2005 and he’s currently working on a major book for the Country Music Hall of Fame. He has been honored for Music Feature Writing by the Deems Taylor/ASCAP Awards (2003, 2005, 2014 and 2015), the New Orleans Press Awards, the Abell Foundation Awards and the Music Journalism Awards.