April 22, 2005
To: Listings/Critics/Features From: JAZZ PROMO SERVICES Press Contact: JIM EIGO, [email protected]
Friday and Saturday April 29& 30th
Ray Anderson Quintet featuring Marty Ehrlich - reeds; James Weidman - piano; Mark Helias - bass; Dion Parson - drums; Ray Anderson – trombone At Sweet Rhythm 88 Seventh Avenue South New York, NY 212-255-3626 www.sweetrhythmny.com $20. Music Charge + $10.Minimum
The mark of a great artist has always been to go beyond technical excellence and impart a personal vision - a sense of style and self-expression that is indelibly his own. Among modern jazz musicians, no one rises to that standard more than trombonist Ray Anderson, whose sublime mastery of the tricks of his trade is equaled by the bountiful spirit he pours into his one-of-a-kind sound
Described by critic Gary Giddins as one of the most compellingly original trombonists", he is by turns a supremely lyrical player and bold texturalist, a warmly natural-sounding soloist and footloose innovator.
Named five straight years as best trombonist in the Down Beat Critics Poll and declared the most exciting slide brass player of his generation" by the Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD.
Anderson has shown remarkable range. He has led or co-led a daunting assortment of tradition-minded and experimental groups, big bands, blues and funk projects and even a trombone quartet. In the tradition of Louis Armstrong, he is a colorful and exuberant performer and a spirited vocalist who induces smiles with his unusual split tones and screech effects. A native of Chicago's Hyde Park, where he was born in 1952, Anderson is the son of theologians. He took up the trombone in fourth grade, influenced by his father's Dixieland recordings. The sound of the trombone was appealing to me", he says. All the people I heard play it sounded like they were having fun." (The artists he strongly responded to, he later learned, included 'bone greats Vic Dickenson and Trummy Young.)
He has a fluency and range on the instrument that would have seemed impossible a few years ago... like a trombone version of John Coltrane's tenor saxophone sound." - Robert Palmer, NY Times
The most prominent trombonist of his generation." - Gene Seymour, NY Newsday
Anderson is a true and total original." - Fred Bouchard, Jazz Times
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