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by Troy Collins
The international collaborative trio of American trombonist Ray Anderson, Dutch drummer Han Bennink and Irish guitarist Christy Doran recorded two adventurous albums for hatART in the mid-1990s; Azurety was released in 1994 and Cheer Up arrived the following year. ABD collects the strongest tracks from these two sessions onto one disc, providing a valuable opportunity to re-examine the creative spontaneity these three artists share.Though the compilation's ten selections are wildly eclectic--one of Doran's progressive numbers sits precariously alongside ...read more
by Glenn Astarita
In the '90s, this trio ascended to the upper echelon of all things considered cutting-edge in the wide open world of jazz and improvisation. This reissue is a compilation featuring all of Azurety (hatART, 1994) and three tracks culled from Cheer Up (hatART, 1995). Other than his superior improvisational faculties, Irish guitarist Christy Doran could give most metal or jazz-fusion guitarists a run for their money. The album boasts a consortium of jazz-blues overtones; tenacious three-way dialogues; free-form ...read more
by Bruce Lindsay
Trombonist Ray Anderson and reed player Marty Ehrlich first played together in 1978 as part of Anthony Braxton's band. Thirty-one years later, with extensive individual discographies, the pair finally formed a band of their own and recorded a concert at the 2009 Jazz Festival Willisau, in Switzerland. Hear You Say is this recording--a highly energetic, exciting, adventurous live performance. The two leaders share writing credit--four tunes by Ehrlich and three from Anderson. Both men are inspired writers ...read more
by Martin Longley
The trombonist Ray Anderson inhabits two simultaneous worlds. He's dedicated to exploring new vocabularies at the furthest reaches of what folks call jazz music, making his initial mark with fellow Chicagoan Anthony Braxton in the late '70s. He's also deeply attuned to the New Orleans roots of the music, reveling in the very vocal nature of his horn and employing a rowdy repertoire of singing, droning and mute-manipulations, combining into a language that is at once comic and experimental. Here, ...read more
by Laurel Gross
Ray Anderson can make a trombone sound like a hive of bees or just about anything else. That means he's a good match for Ibrahim Electric's Ibrahim Electric Meets Ray Anderson Again, recorded live at Copenhagen's JazzHouse and Pakhuset in ?rhus in February 2007, the second meeting between these two forces of nature. This group is all about fun, funk and a few other things: a popular 1960s party groove meets jazz improv, blues and rocking riffs ...read more
by C. Michael Bailey
The trombone with a wicked sense of humor.
Bonemeal is clever take off manifested as several allusions. Bone is a nom de plume of the trombone, Ray Anderson's weapon of choice. Bonemeal evokes earthy sensual images in the same way Cornbread" (Lee Morgan), Pass the Peas" (Maceo Parker) and Chitlins Con Carne" (Kenny Burrell). It has a tongue-in-cheek wryness characteristic of its leader, Anderson. Anderson appears with his guitar-based rhythm section at a Paula Jean's Supper Club in East Setauket, ...read more
by Glenn Astarita
Few will deny Ray Anderson’s estimable stature as an innovative stylist not to mention one of the finest all around trombonists in the world. Anderson is equally at home whether improvising with modernist Anthony Braxton, leading big bands, splitting hairs with guitarist Christy Doran and renowned Dutch drummer Han Bennink or exploring the outer limits of his instrument while performing with the “BassDrumBone” trio. Yet Anderson also enjoys delving into some straight ahead jazz, funk and R&B from time to ...read more