[Dixielandjazz] Rudd and Richards
mcvouty78 at hotmail.com
Mon Oct 11 16:51:53 PDT 2004
Steve Barbone asks:
Who remembers Roswell Rudd?
I had a copy of Elis Chosen Six many years ago it was on Golden Crest,
the same label that recorded Doc Souchon. It was a very good band.
In 2003, Rudd put out an album on Sunnyside Malicool featuring his
trombone accompanied by West African musicians playing traditional African
instruments the kora, the balofone, and the ngone, said to be a prototype
of the banjo. The timbre was interesting for a while, but it ultimately
became reminiscent of Emil Richards Microtonal Blues Band.
Does anyone else remember Richards album from 1968 called Journey to
Bliss on Impulse? (The bands second album, Spirit of 1976, wasnt
nearly as good.) Richards a Connecticut native, like Rudd played with
Stan Kenton in his neophonic orchestra, and worked at one time or another
with Bobby Hackett, George Shearing, the Beach Boys, Don Ellis, Frank
Sinatra, George Harrison and Frank Zappa and hundreds of others. Side one
of Journey to Bliss is very interesting unusual time signatures and
instrumentation, odd (to western ears) timbres, but the music is very
melodic and it actually swings. (Side two has a very long, very
stoned-sounding poetic tribute to the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and is entirely
Richards is still active he plays on a Queen Latifah album (!) issued just
last month. His website is http://www.emilrichards.com/home.html . He
still cites Lionel Hampton as his main influence.
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