Roswell Rudd Trombone For Lovers SUNNYSIDE 1369 HHHH When you’ve got a four-part suite arranged around the labor anthem “Joe Hill” (with chorus!), calling an album Trombone For Lovers might seem a stretch. Nor are “Struttin’ With Some Barbecue” or “Green Onions” exactly sweet ballads. But you don’t go to avant-gardist Roswell Rudd for conventional choices. Rudd’s instrumentation and personnel are as varied as his program— John Medeski’s B-3 organ helps give the cowboy tune “Ghost Riders In The Sky” a boogaloo bump and brings the r&b to the aforementioned Booker T. & The M.G.’s classic. Slide trumpeter Steven Bernstein is an appropriately witty foil for Rudd on several numbers. Veteran cajun violin star Michael Doucet and guitarist Rolf Sturm conjure a bit of gypsy swing (“Autumn Leaves”) and classic American folk (“Tennessee Waltz”). Vocalists help out on a few tracks: Bob Dorough (Lennon and McCartney’s “Here, There And Everywhere”), Fay Victor (a growling “Trouble In Mind”) and Heather Masse (Rudd and Verna Gillis’ “Funky Little Sweet Thing”). The NYC Labor Chorus and rapper Reggie Bennett give historical and topical reference to “Joe Hill.” But the real standout vocal performance here comes from Rudd’s trombone—his peerless phrasing, his use of a variety of mutes to articulate syllables with fully rounded vowels, his alteration of those mutes with open horn from chorus to chorus. He and Bernstein make “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” a truly conversational duet. Embracing a broad range of styles, Rudd makes everything his own—and continues to amaze. —Jon Garelick Trombone For Lovers: Ghost Riders In The Sky; Here, There And Everywhere; Baby, It’s Cold Outside; Trouble In Mind; Struttin’ With Some Barbecue; Sleepwalk; Autumn Leaves; Green Onions; Tennessee Waltz; Come Sunday; Unchained Melody; September Song; Funky Little Sweet Thing; Joe Hill (Suite). (60:37) Personnel: Roswell Rudd, trombone; John Medeski, Hammond B-3 organ; Richard Hammond, contrabass, electric bass; Aaron Comess, drums; Steven Bernstein, slide trumpet (1, 2, 3, 5, 8); Bob Dorough (2), Fay Victor (4), Heather Masse (13), vocals; Michael Doucet, violin (7, 9, 12); Rolf Sturm (7, 9, 12), Matthew Finck (13), Gary Lucas (8), guitar; Ira Coleman, bass (13); T Xiques, drums (13); Dennis Nelson, piano (14, 15, 17); NYC Labor Chorus (14, 15, 17); Reggie Bennet, vocals (16). Ordering info: sunnysiderecords.com
On the new CD TROMBONE FOR LOVERS, there are essentially two different configurations. One is a more intimate group consisting of trombone, violin, and guitar.
On this special interpretation of TENNESSEE WALTZ (recorded Live at Le Poisson Rouge, November 24, 2014 you will hear the master violinist Michael Doucet, and the superb Rolf Sturm on guitar.
The feel is of 3 guys hanging out on the back porch, picking up their instruments and there it is - TENNESSEE WALTZ.