Amazon.com Widgets

Roswell Rudd: Broad Strokes

By Published: | 5,209 views
Roswell Rudd: Broad Strokes No stars How we rate: our writers tend to review music they like within their preferred genres.

Ballad records are always a risky proposition. It takes a certain degree of finesse to pull off an hour of slow-tempo, melodic pieces without sending the listener into boredom. On Broad Strokes, trombonist Roswell Rudd takes the plunge, with mixed results.

Rudd spent the '60s playing with free jazz luminaries like Cecil Taylor, Albert Ayler, and Archie Shepp; he teamed with Steve Lacy for an all-Monk band. Although he spent a lot of time as a sideman, his own personal discography as a leader has tended toward the sparse side. In the last few years he's been hiding out in the Catskills, drifting into obscurity.

Broad Strokes documents the recent return of Rudd to the recording world. Tracks like Herbie Nichols' "Change of Season" and Monk's "Coming on the Hudson" receive sensitive and emotionally rich interpretations. But Ellington's "All Too Soon/Way Low" sags into the realm of downtempo Lawrence Welk; and Rudd's own "Sassy and Dolphy" suffers from rudimentary guitar accompaniment by Duck Baker and frighteningly incompetent vocals by Christopher Rudd. Overall, this record is for Roswell Rudd fanatics only. If you're new to Rudd, you should check out a record like New York Eye and Ear Control and dig for the roots—instead of listening to a disc that demands frequent use of the fast forward button.

Track Listing: Change of Season; Sassy & Dolphy; Almost Blue; Stokey; Coming on the Hudson; God Had a Girlfriend; All Too Soon/Way Low; Theme from BABE; The Light; Change of Season.

Personnel: Roswell Rudd, Steve Swell, Josh Roseman: trombone; Ron Finck, Harvey Kaiser, Steve Lacy, Elton Dean: saxophones; Bobby Johnson Jr., Greg Glassman: trumpet; David Winograd, tuba; Matthew Finck, Duke Baker, Eddie Diehl, Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon, Lee Ranaldo: guitar; Mike Kull: piano; Christopher Rudd, Steve Riddick, Roswell Rudd, Sheila Jordan: vocals; Ken Filiano, Bill Dotts, Jean-Jacques Avenel, Allan Murphy: bass; Lou Grassi, John Betsch, Eugene Randolph, Steve Shelley: drums; Carlos Gomez: percussion.

Record Label: Knitting Factory

Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


comments powered by Disqus
Support All About Jazz Through Amazon

Weekly Giveaways

Mort Weiss

Mort Weiss

About | Enter

Rotem Sivan

Rotem Sivan

About | Enter

Michael Carvin

Michael Carvin

About | Enter

Steve Wilson/Lewis Nash

Steve Wilson/Lewis Nash

About | Enter

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW

Enter it twice.
To the weekly jazz events calendar

Enter the numbers in the graphic
Enter the code in this picture

Log in

One moment, you will be redirected shortly.