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Roswell Rudd/Fay Victor/Lafayette Harris/Ken Filiano: Embrace (RareNoise)

Arriving mere weeks before Roswell Rudd’s passing late last year, Embrace can’t help but take on a valedictory air. It may very well be the final gift left to us by one of jazz’s most singular personalities. Rudd’s goodbye comes not in the shape of a free-blowing fête, Dixieland throwback or Malian encounter, but through … Read More “Roswell Rudd/Fay Victor/Lafayette Harris/Ken Filiano: Embrace (RareNoise)”

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Roswell Rudd/Jamie Saft/Trevor Dunn/Balazs Pandi: Strength & Power

Strength & Power shows how opting for brute force in a totally improvised context can yield the sort of explosively coherent free jazz that transcends noisemaker stereotypes. The trio of pianist Jamie Saft, acoustic bassist Trevor Dunn and drummer Balazs Pandi have concocted propulsive, pure improvisations alongside guitarist Joe Morris in the band Slobber Pup, … Read More “Roswell Rudd/Jamie Saft/Trevor Dunn/Balazs Pandi: Strength & Power”

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Heather Masse & Roswell Rudd: August Love Song

Though she was born and raised in Maine and studied vocal jazz at NEC, Heather Masse remains best known for her now decade-long membership in the Canadian folk/bluegrass trio the Wailin’ Jennys and her frequent appearances, with and without the group, on A Prairie Home Companion. Masse first met Roswell Rudd when he guested on … Read More “Heather Masse & Roswell Rudd: August Love Song”

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Roswell Rudd: Trombone for Lovers

Trombonist Roswell Rudd’s timbral and emotional range is as diverse as ever, and his gnarled imprecations keep pop ballads such as “Unchained Melody” from getting grandiose and novelty-tinged offerings like “Tennessee Waltz” and “Ghost Riders in the Sky” from getting too cute. On Ellington’s “Come Sunday” he melds Saturday-night signifying with Sunday-morning reverence; the interplay … Read More “Roswell Rudd: Trombone for Lovers”

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