Roswell Rudd

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Roswell Rudd ( German Jazz Festival 2006)

Roswell Hopkins Rudd (born November 17, 1935 in Sharon , Connecticut , † December 21, 2017 ) was an American jazz trombonist and ethnomusicologist .

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Rudd worked after an exam at Yale University in 1965 together with Alan Lomax as a music ethnologist. He held a professorship in ethnomusicology at the University of Maine for a while , before returning to work as a musician.

After working with traditional jazz combos between 1954 and 1959 in New York City , where he played the tailgate- style slide trombone , Rudd came into contact with the jazz avant-garde. He first played with the pianist Herbie Nichols (1960 to 1962) and then worked with Steve Lacy and occasionally with Cecil Taylor before founding the New York Art Quartet with John Tchicai in 1964 and collaborating on Archie Shepp's album Four for Trane . In 1965 he became a member of the Jazz Composer's Orchestra ; he was involved in Carla Bly's recording for Gary Burton as well as in Escalator over the Hill and the Liberation Music Orchestra , but also played with Karl Berger , Perry Robinson and Sheila Jordan . He worked with Enrico Rava since the early 1970s . Together with Steve Lacy, he was repeatedly involved in exemplary interpretations of the works of Thelonious Monk (e.g. with Mal Waldron and Don Cherry , but also with Misha Mengelberg , Ig Henneman and Han Bennink ).

Rudd's music ethnological research also shaped his compositions and musical projects. He developed connections between the jazz tradition, the diverse forms of ethnic music and also the legacy of classical European music. What he initially believed to be a typical expression of Afro-American music, for example in the blues, he later discovered in all areas of so-called world music . Together with producer Verna Gillis , Rudd went on a research trip to Mali in 2000, where he studied the traditional kora and first met Toumani Diabaté . In the following years he also worked with Allen Lowe and singer Heather Masse.

Rudd died at the end of 2017 of complications from cancer.

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  • Christian Broecking: Respect! Verbrecher Verlag, 2004

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ A b Peter Hum: RIP, Roswell Rudd - The veteran trombonist has died at the age of 82, succumbing to cancer. Ottawa Citizen, December 22, 2017, accessed December 22, 2017 .