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Bladik by Elton Dean/Dunall/Levin/Rogers/Rudd/Tippett

BLADIK is something of an event, as it features Roswell Rudd, one of jazz's wildest & wooliest trombone players. Here, it's a summit of sorts with Rudd joining up with some of the leading lights of the United Kingdom's free jazz scene. BLADIK is a studio date that sounds totally improvised (one giveaway: there are 3 longs pieces with the whole group receiving composer-credit) - so, if you're looking for "conspicuous" structure, you won't find it here. But at the same time, this session forgoes the bloodless, arrhythmic meandering that mars much European free improvisation. The sextet plays with a sense of internal logic, generating harsh, clattering group improvisation & letting loose with fierce, cathartic solos. Rudd is a joy - his jovial, smear-y trombone tones chasing the ghosts of Armstrong, Teagarden and Coltrane. BLADIK will blast all the cobwebs & dust from your synapses.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Elton Dean/Dunall/Levin/Rogers/Rudd/Tippett
  • CD Title: Bladik
  • Genre: Free Jazz / Avante Garde
  • Year Released: 1997
  • Record Label: Cuneiform
  • Rating: Five Stars
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