Roswell Rudd

(Digital Download - Verve #)

Review by Scott Yanow

With the exception of a date for the European America label in 1965 in a quartet with altoist John Tchicai, this Impulse LP (not yet reissued on CD) was trombonist Roswell Rudd's recording debut as a leader. The music (two originals, Giuseppi Logan's "Satan's Dance" and Bill Harris' "Everywhere") rambles a lot (all the pieces clock in between 11:35-12:04), but has some moments of interest. Rudd plays reasonably well, as does altoist Robin Kenyetta, while the pianoless rhythm section has some interesting interplay by bassists Lewis Worrell and Charlie Haden, as well as drummer Beaver Harris. Giuseppi Logan, a rather limited free player, does what he can on flute and bass clarinet, mostly adding atmosphere and dissonance. An intriguing but far from essential date.

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