Half Notes: Josh Roseman – New Constellations (2007)

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by S. Victor Aaron

I remember trombone player Josh Roseman from his notable appearance on my favorite Charlie Hunter album. He had a certain sass in his sound that stood out and made me think he wasn’t content with being a run-of-the-mill bone player. But that thought never got much further until I got a chance to check out Roseman’s own newest release. It’s a live recording of a bone player-led band mixing up jazz with high-tech electronic tricks and mish-mashing other kinds of music (here, it’s reggae, avant garde and live dub). Sound familiar? Think of an island-oriented take on Robin Eubanks’ excellent Live, Vol. 1. A wonderfully abstract “Olsen Twins Subpoena” and two mixes of a cover of the Beatles’ “I Should Have Known Better” turned on its head are among many highlights. Like Eubanks’ latest offering, it’s one of the more creatively different jazz records I’ve heard recently. Did someone decide 2007 was going to be the Year of the Trombone? It sure seems like it.

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