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.