Trombone Tribe

SSC1207 2009-04-07

Track List

Fan Fare - 00:23
Elton Dean - 04:14
Astro Slyde - 03:34
Hulla Gulla - 03:02
No End - 07:40
BONE AGAIN - 06:34
To the Day - 05:05
Sand in My Slide Shuffle - 06:35
Slide & the Family Bone - 06:47
Twelve Bars - 06:24
A Place Above - Introduction into skyward theme - 02:11
A Place Above - Instrumental Doxology - 00:30
A Place Above - Vocal Doxology - 01:12
A Place Above - Modal Improvisation - 02:57
A Place Above - Fan Fare - 00:43


trombone - Roswell Rudd, Martial Ahouandjinou, Ray Anderson, Steve Bernstein, Eddie Bert, Bonerama, Sam Burtis, Wycliffe Gordon, Greg Hicks, Craig Klein, Mark Mullins, Josh Roseman, Steve Souter, Steve Swell, Deborah Weisz
acoustic bass - Henry Grimes, Tony Scherr
alto saxophone - Briggan Krauss
drums - Barry Altschul, Eric Bolivar, Kenny Wollessen
guitar - Bert Cotton
orchestra - Gangbe Brass Band of Benin
percussion - Benoit Avihoue, Crespin Kpitiki
saxophone - Lucien Gbaguidi
sousaphone - Matt Perrine
trumpet - Magloire Ahouandjinou, Sex Mob w/ Steve Bernstein, Eric Yovogan
tuba - Marcus Rojas, Bob Stewart, James Vodounnon
violin - Henry Grimes

The trombone is an instrument that gets no respect. Although present in many musical settings, the instrument rarely gets the spotlight. Trombone legend Roswell Rudd has been trying to correct this oversight for half a decade. His new recording Trombone Tribe is a dedication to the trombone and the styles of music that best suit it. Rudd has been on the forefront of modern jazz his entire career but has also indulged in the music that set the music’s foundation, Dixieland. Trombone Tribe showcases the breadth of Rudd’s musical interests with a cast of remarkable musicians. Rudd has gathered some of the greatest trombonists playing today, including Wycliffe Gordon, Eddie Bert, Josh Roseman, Steve Swell, Sam Burtis and Deborah Weisz. The rhythm section of Rudd’s Trombone Tribe is made up of legendary musicians like bassist Henry Grimes, tuba player Bob Stewart and drummer Barry Altschul. Rudd also mixes it up with two of the best jamming jazz/funk groups, Sex Mob and Bonerama. The music is a celebration of the trombone and the part it has played in jazz from its earliest days.


"Rudd apportions different lineups to play music with far reaching implications, including that of ethnic and down home, creative improvised, European, and American jazz traditions. The music constantly evolves and shapes itself in chameleon proportions, ignoring nothing that Rudd has himself experienced in his lengthy and distinguished career as an original individualist.It's a genuine triumph for Roswell Rudd in the golden years of a very successful occupancy in modern music, and comes highly recommended.

Michael G. Nastos, allmusic - April 2009 read the full article

"[the trombone]must be played with mastery and few do so better than Roswell Rudd, a musician and instrumentalist who consistently describes the sorrows and joys of human existence every time he picks up his trombone and plays. Moreover, every time Rudd plays he appears to connect the metaphorical dots of musical history�not merely in the idiom of jazz, but even beyond that from the world of so-called classical music...It appears that Roswell Rudd can, once again, do no wrong with song and dance that carries the delightful weight of musical history.

Raul d'Gama Rose, all.about.jazz - May 2009 read the full article

�Rudd is ringleader on this celebration of the trombone and his playing has depth and weight, and his technique outstanding. A must-have for all jazz (and bone) fans.�

Daily Freeman, Chronogram - June 2009 read the full article

Great review in the September 2009 issue of DownBeat!

Bill Shoemaker, DOWNBEAT - September 2009 read the full article

Nice feature in JazzTimes!

Michael J. West, JazzTimes - October 2009 read the full article