Roswell Rudd:

Broad Strokes

Recorded in 1999 & 2000

Roswell Rudd maraccas, trombone, narrator, arrangements Duck Baker acoustic guitar John Betsch drums Jean-Jacques Avenel bass Elton Dean saxophone Eddie Diehl guitar Bill Dotts electric bass Ken Filiano double bass (vocal) Ron Finck flute, alto saxophone Carlos Gomez percussion Kim Gordon guitar Lou Grassi drums Sheila Jordan vocals Mike Kull piano Steve Lacy soprano saxophone (5) Thurston Moore guitar Lee Ranaldo guitar Eugene Randolph drums Josh Roseman alto saxophone, clarinet Steve Shelley drums Steve Swell alto saxophone, clarinet

on Coming on The Hudson:

Roswell Rudd maraccas, trombone Steve Lacy soprano saxophone Elton Dean alto saxello Jean-Jacques Avenel bass John Betsch drums

Ind. Title Composer Dur.
1/ Change Of Season Herbie Nichols 7:09
2/ Sassy & Dolphy Roswell Rudd 6:19
3/ Almost Blue Elvis Costello  6:19
4/ Stokey Roswell Rudd 5:52
5/ Coming On The Hudson Thelonious Monk 8:47
6/ God Had A Girlfriend Roswell Rudd 6:35
7/ All Too Soon/Way Low Duke Ellington 8:50
8/ Theme from "Babe"
from Symphony no 3
from Camille Saint-Saens 5:20
9/ The Light Roswell Rudd 10:43
10/ Change Of Season Herbie Nichols 1:28

Recorded (5) at Feber Studio A, Paris (France) on June 22, 1999. Engineer: Laurent Peyron.
Mixed at Nevessa Studio, Saugerties, NY by Chris Anderson and Roswell Rudd.
Mastered by Rob McCabe.

Producer: Verna Gillis. Executive producer: Michael Dorf. Project Manager: Stephanie Oxley.

Cover photography: Verna Gillis. CD design by David Rodriguez.

Liner notes

Rudd, like Steve Lacy, has long been a devotee of Thelonious Monk, and Coming on the Hudson is one of the simplest and yet most mysterious of Monk's compositions. "As in all of Monk's songs you get first and foremost a memorable melody to work with," says Rudd. "I always felt this particular one slower than the few times I heard him perform it… like a great woeful cry. The strain is perfect for bone and the bridge perfect for Steve Lacy's soprano sax, and he achieves the extraordinary buoyancy, poignancy, and grace that we all admire in his artistry… he makes it sound sooooo easy. Elton Dean's newly acquired alto saxello was the perfect low voice. John Betsch played the Hudson as it looks below the George Washington Bridge and JJ Avenel somehow resolves a left hand keyboard figuration into a resounding bass part."

John Zwerd (excerpt from liner notes)

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