Rudy Powell

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Rudy Powell , who later called himself Musheed Karweem (born October 28, 1907 in New York City , † October 30, 1976 ibid), was an American jazz musician ( alto saxophone and clarinet ) of traditional jazz and swing .

Powell first studied piano and violin before switching to clarinet and saxophone. In 1928 he played with Gene Rodgers Revellers and then until 1931 with Cliff Jackson's Krazy Kats. In 1933 he played with Rex Stewart and from 1934 to 1937 he was with Fats Waller . He also worked in the bands of Claude Hopkins (1938/39), Andy Kirk (1940/41), Fletcher Henderson (1941/42), Don Redman (1943), Teddy Wilson , Edgar Hayes , Cab Calloway (1945 to 1948) ), the Kansas City Seven by Jimmy Rushing and Lucky Millinder (1949-1951); with Billie Holiday and the Buster Harding Orchestra (1949) and in the Al Sears Bigband (1953). Big band recordings with Jimmy Rushing's Big Brass were made in the late 1950s . He was active until the 1970s, for example in 1961/62 with Ray Charles and from 1965 to 1969 with the Saints and Sinners of Vic Dickenson and Red Richards .

His way of playing the clarinet is characterized by an extreme growl, even stronger than that of his clarinet "colleague" Ed Hall. The phrasing takes unusual turns, almost like Pee Wee Russell's, and his tones, which were unusual for the swing time and which often went beyond the normal chords of the time, are a distinguishing feature.

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