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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Ray Anderson-Marty Ehrlich Quartet, LIVE

Two summers ago I saw trombonist Ray Anderson give a clinic at the Vancouver Jazz Festival.  It was a great conversation about his history and playing, and his solo trombone playing was a minor miracle.  I asked him that afternoon how a guy like him makes a living from music, and he laughed.  "Now, why'd you have ask that, man?"

Here is the latest recording from Mr. Anderson, in a quartet with Marty Ehrlich, the wonderful clarinetist and alto saxophonist.  Matt Wilson on drums, also fantastic.  My review on PopMatters is HERE.

It growls and and struts, it's funky and loose, it's out it's in.  Wonderful music, particularly Anderson's compositions, such as "Alligatory Rhumba."  All hail musicians who struggle to make but still make it for us.

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