Roswell Rudd

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Roswell Rudd
Roswell Rudd.jpg
Rudd in 2006
Background information
Birth name Roswell Hopkins Rudd Jr.
Born (1935-11-17)17 November 1935
Sharon, Connecticut, U.S.
Died 21 December 2017(2017-12-21) (aged 82)
Kerhonkson, New York, U.S.
Genres Avant-garde jazz, free jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer, educator
Instruments Trombone
Years active 1957–2017
Labels Columbia, Sunnyside, Universal, DIW, Verve
Associated acts Eli's Chosen Six, New York Art Quartet, Archie Shepp, Thelonious Monk
Website www.roswellrudd.com

Roswell Hopkins Rudd Jr. (November 17, 1935 – December 21, 2017)[1] was an American jazz trombonist and composer.

Although skilled in a variety of genres of jazz (including Dixieland, which he performed while in college) and other genres of music, he was known primarily for his work in free and avant-garde jazz. Beginning in 1962 Rudd worked extensively with saxophonist Archie Shepp.[2]

Biography[edit]

Rudd was born in Sharon, Connecticut. He attended the Hotchkiss School and graduated from Yale University, where he played with Eli's Chosen Six, a dixieland band of students that Rudd joined in the mid-1950s. The sextet played the boisterous trad jazz style of the day and recorded two albums, including one for Columbia Records. His collaborations with Shepp, Cecil Taylor, John Tchicai, and Steve Lacy grew out of the lessons learned while playing rags and stomps for drunken college kids in Connecticut.[3] Rudd later taught ethnomusicology at Bard College and the University of Maine.[4]

On and off for a period of three decades, he assisted Alan Lomax with his world music song style (Cantometrics)[5] and Global Jukebox projects.[6]

In the 1960s, Rudd participated in free jazz recordings such as the New York Art Quartet; the soundtrack for the 1964 movie New York Eye and Ear Control; the album Communications by the Jazz Composer's Orchestra; and in collaborations with Don Cherry, Larry Coryell, Pharoah Sanders, and Gato Barbieri. Rudd had lifelong friendships with saxophonists Shepp and Lacy, and performed and recorded the music of Thelonious Monk with Lacy.[7]

Rudd and his producer and partner Verna Gillis went to Mali in 2000 and 2001. His album MALIcool (2001), a cross-cultural collaboration with kora player Toumani Diabaté[8] and other Malian musicians, represented the first time the trombone had been featured in a recording of Malian traditional music.[citation needed]

In 2004, Rudd brought his Trombone Shout Band to perform at the 4th Festival au Désert in Essakane, Tombouctou Region, Mali. In 2005, he extended his reach further, recording an album with the Mongolian Buryat Band, a traditional music group of musicians from Mongolia and Buryatia, entitled Blue Mongol. He also conducted master classes and workshops both in the United States and around the world.[9]

Awards and honors[edit]

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

  • 1965: Roswell Rudd (America)
  • 1966: Everywhere (also released as part of Mixed)
  • 1973: Numatik Swing Band
  • 1974: Flexible Flyer (Freedom)
  • 1976: Blown Bone (Emanem)
  • 1976: Inside Job with Enrico Rava, Dave Burrell, Stafford James, Harold White (Arista/Freedom)
  • 1978: The Definitive Roswell Rudd (Horo)
  • 1982: Regeneration with Steve Lacy, Misha Mengelberg, Kent Carter, Han Bennink (Soul Note)
  • 1996: The Unheard Herbie Nichols–Vols. 1 & 2 (CIMP)
  • 1999: New York Art Quartet: 35 Reunion (DIW)
  • 1999: Monk's Dream (Universal/Verve)
  • 2000: Broad Strokes (Knitting Factory)
  • 2001: Eventuality: The Charlie Kohlhase Quintet Plays the Music of Roswell Rudd (NADA)
  • 2001: Roswell Rudd and Archie Shepp Live in New York (Universal)
  • 2002: MALIcool (Universal/Sunnyside)
  • 2005: Blue Mongol (Sunnyside)
  • 2006: El Espiritu Jibaro (Sunnyside)
  • 2007: Keep Your Heart Right (Sunnyside)
  • 2008: El Encuentro (Mojito)
  • 2013: Trombone for Lovers (Sunnyside)
  • 2016: August Love Song with Heather Masse (Red House)
  • 2016: Strength & Power (RareNoise)
  • 2017: Embrace (RareNoise)

As sideman[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Peter Hum (December 22, 2017). "RIP, Roswell Rudd", Ottawa Citizen; accessed December 22, 2017.
  2. ^ Archie Shepp Discography, jazzdisco.org; accessed December 22, 2017.
  3. ^ Profile Archived 2007-06-22 at the Wayback Machine., Jazztimes.com; accessed December 22, 2017.
  4. ^ "Bard Press Release: JAZZ AT BARD PRESENTS THE ROSWELL RUDD QUARTET IN CONCERT ON SATURDAY, MARCH 22", bard.edu, February 18, 2003; accessed December 22, 2017.
  5. ^ Alan Lomax, Roswell Rudd, and Victor Grauer. "Cantometrics: an approach to the anthropology of music", Berkeley, Calif.: University of California, Extension Media Center, 1976.
  6. ^ "The Global Jukebox", Association for Cultural Equity; accessed December 22, 2017.
  7. ^ Peter Stone. "Roswell Rudd". Association for Cultural Equity; accessed December 22, 2017.
  8. ^ Kelefa Sanneh (February 18, 2004). "WORLD MUSIC REVIEW; When Cultures' Sounds Don't Match, but Echo", The New York Times; accessed December 22, 2017.
  9. ^ "Mitteleuropean Jazz Academy Roswell Rudd Master Class Meran/o (I)", via YouTube; accessed December 22, 2017.
  10. ^ Jazz Journalists Association, Jazz Awards -- 2003; accessed December 22, 2017.
  11. ^ Jazz Journalists Association Eighth Annual Jazz Awards - Winners; accessed December 22, 2017.
  12. ^ Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards 2005; accessed December 22, 2017.
  13. ^ Profile: TheJazzmandel; accessed December 22, 2017.
  14. ^ JJA Jazz Awards: 2010 Winners, jazzhouse.org; accessed December 22, 2017.
  15. ^ Roswell Rudd's Trombone Tribe 75th Birthday Party, JazzCorner; accessed December 22, 2017.

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