|Birth name||Roswell Hopkins Rudd Jr.|
|Born||17 November 1935|
Sharon, Connecticut, U.S.
|Died||21 December 2017 82) (aged|
Kerhonkson, New York, U.S.
|Genres||Avant-garde jazz, free jazz|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, composer, educator|
|Labels||Columbia, Sunnyside, Universal, DIW, Verve|
Roswell Hopkins Rudd Jr. (November 17, 1935 – December 21, 2017)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.
Rudd was born in Sharon, Connecticut, United States.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. Rudd later taught ethnomusicology at Bard College and the University of Maine.
On and off, for a period of three decades, he assisted Alan Lomax with his world music song style (Cantometrics)and Global Jukebox projects.
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.
Rudd and his producer and partner Verna Gillis went to Mali in 2000 and 2001. His album MALIcool (2001) is a cross-cultural collaboration with kora player Toumani Diabaté and other Malian musicians.
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.
Rudd died of prostate cancer on December 21, 2017, at home in Kerhonkson, New York.His archives were donated to the Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
|Recording date||Release date||Album||Label||Notes|
|1965||1971||Roswell Rudd||America Records|
|1966||1967||Everywhere||Impulse!||Also released as part of Mixed|
|1973||1973||Numatik Swing Band||JCOA||With the Jazz Composer's Orchestra|
|1976||1979||Blown Bone||Philips / Emanem|
|1979||1979||The Definitive Roswell Rudd||Horo||Rudd plays all instruments.|
|1982||1983||Regeneration||Soul Note||With Steve Lacy, Misha Mengelberg, Kent Carter, Han Bennink|
|1996||1997||The Unheard Herbie Nichols, Vol. 1||CIMP|
|1996||1997||The Unheard Herbie Nichols, Vol. 2||CIMP|
|1999||2000||Monk's Dream||Verve Records|
|1999||2000||Broad Strokes||Knitting Factory|
|2000||2000||Eventuality: The Charlie Kohlhase Quintet Plays the Music of Roswell Rudd||Nada|
|2000||2001||Live in New York||Verve||With Archie Shepp|
|2001||2002||Malicool||Sunnyside||With Toumani Diabaté|
|2002–2004||2021||Roswell Rudd & Duck Baker: Live||Dot Time||With Duck Baker|
|2002–2006||2007||El Espíritu Jíbaro||Sunnyside||With Yomo Toro|
|2004||2006||Airwalkers||Clean Feed||With Mark Dresser|
|2008||2008||Keep Your Heart Right||Sunnyside|
|2008||2008||El Encuentro||Mojito||With David Oquendo|
|2011||2011||The Incredible Honk||Sunnyside|
|2013||2013||Trombone for Lovers||Sunnyside|
|2016||2016||August Love Song||Red House||With Heather Masse|
|2014||2016||Strength & Power||RareNoiseRecords|
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