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Double Trouble

Ray Anderson & Bobby Previte

Double Trouble

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Label: Double Moon Records
UPC: 0608917143423
Catnr: DMCHR 71434
Release date: 03 November 2023
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Release date
03 November 2023

"... Here is a duo at work that makes music in pure joy, but by no means headlessly, a duo that knows how to convey fundamental jazz content and joy nonchalantly."

Jazzpodium, 01-2-2024
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Ray Anderson, who turns 71 on October 16, can look back on a long and eventful career. Born and raised in Chicago, he was influenced at a young age by the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, AACM for short, with musicians such as Muhal Richard Abrams, Roscoe Mitchell and Amina Claudine Myers, but rock musicians such as James Brown, Sly Stone and Jimi Hendrix were just as important to him. The jazz audience got to know Anderson in the late seventies when he played in the bands of Anthony Braxton and Barry Altschul, and he even founded the funk band Slickaphonics where he combined his avant-garde influences with danceable, humorous and razor-sharp funk. Later he played in bands such as the trombone quartet Slideride, the Pocket Brass Band, the George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra and the Vienna Art Orchestra. He has worked with musicians as diverse as Erika Stucky, Henry Threadgill, John Scofield, and Dr. John. He differs from elegant co-musicians such as Jay Jay Johnson or Albert Mangelsdorff in his expressive, dirty and cheeky style. He explores all possibilities on his instrument from noises to the echoes of early jazz from New Orleans, most recently on his solo album "Marching On" from last year.

On "Double Trouble", he allies himself with drummer Bobby Previte, who became famous in the 1980s in the M-Base environment of Greg Osby and Robin Eubanks, but also played with New York musicians such as John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Don Byron, Anthony Davis and Mark Helias. Previte founded his own bands in the nineties, such as Weather Clear, Track Fast, Empty Suits and the Voodoo Orchestra. In recent years he has been heard in the band The Coalition of the Willing, but he has also composed film music – for example for Robert Altman's episode film "Short Cuts", in which Previte can also be seen as a musician - and has played with Elliott Sharp, Tom Waits, Annie Ross and Victoria Williams.

Both musicians combine a mischievous sense of humor and a conception of jazz that knows no limits. Right on the opener "Homage for Charles Moffett” (the drummer strongly influenced Anderson during his visit to San Francisco in the early seventies), noises such as marbles, growls and moans play an important role before you hear the echo of traditional jazz from New Orleans from afar. In Previte's "Downgrading", the drummer takes on very great form and replaces a whole band with his manic and restless style, over which Anderson can produce his music, especially with deep tones. Anderson seems to speak through his trombone and tell stories that are not always entirely youth-free. "Double Trouble" ends with "Not Since"; it is the longest track on the album with more than eleven minutes of playing time. The record is more than a heartfelt musical encounter between two old friends. It shows that an exciting, free dialog in 2023 has nothing to do with dusty free jazz, but presents the downright encyclopedic comprehension and expressiveness of two exceptional musicians who have a lot to say to each other.

"Double Trouble" was recorded last January in a New York studio with the beautiful name Three Horses in a Wood. The two musicians produced the record themselves, and Bobby Previte mixed the music. The graphically striking cover is the work of Nikolaus Troxler, the founder of the famous Willisau Jazz Festival. The multi-award-winning Swiss graphic designer has designed many festival posters for this purpose.

Ray Anderson, der am 16. Oktober 71 Jahre alt wird, kann auf eine lange und bewegte Karriere zurückblicken. Geboren und aufgewachsen in Chicago wurde er schon früh von der Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, kurz AACM, mit Musikern wie Muhal Richard Abrams, Roscoe Mitchell und Amina Claudine Myers beeinflusst, doch mindestens genauso wichtig waren Rockmusiker wie James Brown, Sly Stone und Jimi Hendrix für ihn. Das Jazzpublikum lernte Anderson in den späten siebziger Jahren kennen, als er in den Bands von Anthony Braxton und Barry Altschul spielte und selbst die Funk-Band Slickaphonics ins Leben rief, wo er seine avantgardistischen Einflüsse mit tanzbarem, humorvollem und messerscharfem Funk verband. Später spielte er in Bands wie dem Posaunenquartett Slideride, der Pocket Brass Band, der George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, Charlie Hadens Liberation Music Orchestra und dem Vienna Art Orchestra. Er arbeitete mit so unterschiedlichen Musikern wie Erika Stucky, Henry Threadgill, John Scofield und Dr. John zusammen. Von eleganten Kollegen wie Jay Jay Johnson oder Albert Mangelsdorff unterscheidet er sich durch seinen expressiven, dreckigen und frechen Stil. Auf seinem Instrument lotet er sämtliche Möglichkeiten aus, von Geräuschen bis hin zu den Echos des frühen Jazz aus New Orleans, zuletzt auf seinem Solo-Album „Marching On“ aus dem letzten Jahr.

Auf „Double Trouble“ verbündet er sich mit dem gleichaltrigen Schlagzeuger Bobby Previte, der in den achtziger im M-Base-Umfeld von Greg Osby und Robin Eubanks bekannt wurde, aber auch mit New Yorker Musikern wie John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Don Byron, Anthony Davis und Mark Helias gespielt hat. Previte gründete in den neunziger Jahren eigene Bands wie Weather Clear, Track Fast, Empty Suits und das Voodoo Orchestra. In den letzten Jahren war er in der Band The Coalition of the Willing zu hören, er hat aber auch Filmmusik - beispielsweise für Robert Altmans Episodenfilm „Short Cuts“, in dem Previte auch als Musiker zu sehen ist - geschrieben und hat mit Elliott Sharp, Tom Waits, Annie Ross und Victoria Williams gespielt.

Beide Musiker verbindet ein verschmitzter Humor und eine Auffassung von Jazz, die keine Grenzen kennt. Gleich auf dem Opener „Homage for Charles Moffett“ - der Schlagzeuger hat Anderson während seiner Stippvisite in San Francisco Anfang der siebziger Jahre stark beeinflusst - spielen Geräusche wie Murmeln, Knurren und Stöhnen eine wichtige Rolle, bevor man von ferne das Echo des traditionellen Jazz aus New Orleans vernimmt. In Prevites „Downgrading“ läuft der Drummer zu ganz großer Form auf und ersetzt durch seinen manischen und ruhelosen Stil eine ganze Band, vor der sich Anderson - vor allem mit tiefen Tönen - produzieren kann. Anderson scheint durch seine Posaune zu sprechen und Geschichten zu erzählen, die garantiert nicht immer ganz jugendfrei sind. Mit „Not Since“ - mit über elf Minuten Spieldauer ist es das längste Stück des Albums - endet „Double Trouble“: Die Platte ist mehr als eine herzliche musikalische Begegnung zweier alter Freunde - sie zeigt, dass ein aufregender, freier Dialog auch im Jahr 2023 nichts mit verstaubtem Free Jazz zu tun hat, sondern die geradezu enzyklopädische Auffassungsgabe und Ausdrucksfähigkeit von zwei Ausnahmemusikern präsentiert, die sich eine Menge zu sagen haben.

Aufgenommen wurde „Double Trouble“ im vergangenen Januar in einem New Yorker Studio mit dem schönen Namen Three Horses in a Wood, produziert haben die beiden Musiker sich selbst, Bobby Previte hat die Musik gemischt. Das grafisch auffällige Cover stammt von Nikolaus Troxler, dem Gründer des berühmten Willisau Jazzfestivals. Der mehrfach preisgekrönte Schweizer Grafikdesigner hat viele Festivalplakate dafür selbst gestaltet.

Artist(s)

Ray Anderson (trombone)

Ray Anderson (born October 16, 1952) is a jazz trombonist. Trained by the Chicago Symphony trombonists, he is regarded as someone who pushes the limits of the instrument. He is a colleague of trombonist George Lewis. Anderson also plays sousaphone and sings. He was frequently chosen in DownBeat magazine's Critics Poll as best trombonist throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s. After studying in California, he moved to New York in 1973 and freelanced. In 1977, he joined Anthony Braxton's Quartet (replacing George Lewis) and started working with Barry Altschul's group. In addition to leading his own groups since the late '70s (including the funk-oriented Slickaphonics), Anderson has worked with George Gruntz's Concert Jazz Band. In the '90s, he began taking an occasional...
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Ray Anderson (born October 16, 1952) is a jazz trombonist. Trained by the Chicago Symphony trombonists, he is regarded as someone who pushes the limits of the instrument. He is a colleague of trombonist George Lewis. Anderson also plays sousaphone and sings. He was frequently chosen in DownBeat magazine's Critics Poll as best trombonist throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s.
After studying in California, he moved to New York in 1973 and freelanced. In 1977, he joined Anthony Braxton's Quartet (replacing George Lewis) and started working with Barry Altschul's group. In addition to leading his own groups since the late '70s (including the funk-oriented Slickaphonics), Anderson has worked with George Gruntz's Concert Jazz Band. In the '90s, he began taking an occasional good-humored vocal, during which he shows the ability to sing two notes at the same time (a minor third apart).
Anderson has worked with David Murray, Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra, Dr. John, Luther Allison, Bennie Wallace, Gerry Hemingway, Henry Threadgill, John Scofield, Roscoe Mitchell, Randy Sandke's Inside Out Band, Sam Rivers' Rivbea Orchestra, Bobby Previte, George Russell and others. Anderson is a member of Jim Pugh's Super Trombone with Dave Bargeron and Dave Taylor. He received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for a series of solo trombone concerts.
Anderson has frequently returned to his early love of New Orleans music for inspiration. His Alligatory Band and Pocket Brass Band, featuring tuba player Bob Stewart or sousaphonist Matt Perrine and trumpeter Lew Soloff, are rooted in its tradition. Since 2003 he has taught and conducted at Stony Brook University.
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Bobby Previte (drums)

Guggenheim Foundation Fellow in 2012. He has received multiple awards for composition from the NEA, NYFA, NYSCA, New Music USA, The Jerome Foundation, The New York State Music Fund, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the American Music Center. Mr. Previte has been an artist-in-residence at the Rockefeller Foundation in Bellagio, Italy, Civitella Ranieri, The Montalvo Arts Center, The Hermitage Artist Retreat, and nine times at the MacDowell Colony. His original compositions have been recorded and released on Sony, Elektra, Rykodisc, Palmetto, New World, Ropeadope, Tzadik, Thirsty Ear, Cantaloupe and Rarenoise. Leading a plethora of diverse ensembles from his instrument, the drums, he has collaborated with many of the leading lights in and beyond the world of music, including master composer John...
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Guggenheim Foundation Fellow in 2012. He has received multiple awards for composition from the NEA, NYFA, NYSCA, New Music USA, The Jerome Foundation, The New York State Music Fund, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the American Music Center. Mr. Previte has been an artist-in-residence at the Rockefeller Foundation in Bellagio, Italy, Civitella Ranieri, The Montalvo Arts Center, The Hermitage Artist Retreat, and nine times at the MacDowell Colony.

His original compositions have been recorded and released on Sony, Elektra, Rykodisc, Palmetto, New World, Ropeadope, Tzadik, Thirsty Ear, Cantaloupe and Rarenoise. Leading a plethora of diverse ensembles from his instrument, the drums, he has collaborated with many of the leading lights in and beyond the world of music, including master composer John Adams, iconic singer Tom Waits, pantheon filmmaker Robert Altman, and most recently, rock legend Iggy Pop. His music has been labeled as ‘utterly original,’ by the New York Times, while The New Yorker has said his ensembles ‘speak in visionary tongues.’ Mr. Previte has given master classes at schools and universities around the world including The Eastman School of Music, The New School, Bard College, and Princeton University. His recent work includes: TERMINALS, Five Concertos for Percussion Ensemble and Soloist, with SO Percussion, released October 28th, 2014 by Cantaloupe Music, GONE, with Bobby Previte & the Visitors, released summer 2016 on the forTune label, TERMINALS QUARTETS, the percussion only version of Terminals, summer 2016, by Cantaloupe Music, and MASS, a music in nine parts for choir, pipe organ, and metal trio, released April 2017 by Rarenoise Records. His newest work, RHAPSODY, a song cycle on the subject of migration, was commissioned by the Greenfield Prize at the Hermitage Artist Retreat, and premiered April 21, 2017 at New College in Sarasota, Florida. Scored for acoustic guitar, harp, piano, voice, drums and saxophone, and featuring a powerhouse band of Zeena Parkins, John Medeski, Nels Cline, Fabian Rucker, and Jen Shyu, RHAPSODY was released in January, 2018 by Rarenoise.


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Composer(s)

Ray Anderson (trombone)

Ray Anderson (born October 16, 1952) is a jazz trombonist. Trained by the Chicago Symphony trombonists, he is regarded as someone who pushes the limits of the instrument. He is a colleague of trombonist George Lewis. Anderson also plays sousaphone and sings. He was frequently chosen in DownBeat magazine's Critics Poll as best trombonist throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s. After studying in California, he moved to New York in 1973 and freelanced. In 1977, he joined Anthony Braxton's Quartet (replacing George Lewis) and started working with Barry Altschul's group. In addition to leading his own groups since the late '70s (including the funk-oriented Slickaphonics), Anderson has worked with George Gruntz's Concert Jazz Band. In the '90s, he began taking an occasional...
more
Ray Anderson (born October 16, 1952) is a jazz trombonist. Trained by the Chicago Symphony trombonists, he is regarded as someone who pushes the limits of the instrument. He is a colleague of trombonist George Lewis. Anderson also plays sousaphone and sings. He was frequently chosen in DownBeat magazine's Critics Poll as best trombonist throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s.
After studying in California, he moved to New York in 1973 and freelanced. In 1977, he joined Anthony Braxton's Quartet (replacing George Lewis) and started working with Barry Altschul's group. In addition to leading his own groups since the late '70s (including the funk-oriented Slickaphonics), Anderson has worked with George Gruntz's Concert Jazz Band. In the '90s, he began taking an occasional good-humored vocal, during which he shows the ability to sing two notes at the same time (a minor third apart).
Anderson has worked with David Murray, Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra, Dr. John, Luther Allison, Bennie Wallace, Gerry Hemingway, Henry Threadgill, John Scofield, Roscoe Mitchell, Randy Sandke's Inside Out Band, Sam Rivers' Rivbea Orchestra, Bobby Previte, George Russell and others. Anderson is a member of Jim Pugh's Super Trombone with Dave Bargeron and Dave Taylor. He received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for a series of solo trombone concerts.
Anderson has frequently returned to his early love of New Orleans music for inspiration. His Alligatory Band and Pocket Brass Band, featuring tuba player Bob Stewart or sousaphonist Matt Perrine and trumpeter Lew Soloff, are rooted in its tradition. Since 2003 he has taught and conducted at Stony Brook University.
Source: Wikipedia
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Bobby Previte (drums)

Guggenheim Foundation Fellow in 2012. He has received multiple awards for composition from the NEA, NYFA, NYSCA, New Music USA, The Jerome Foundation, The New York State Music Fund, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the American Music Center. Mr. Previte has been an artist-in-residence at the Rockefeller Foundation in Bellagio, Italy, Civitella Ranieri, The Montalvo Arts Center, The Hermitage Artist Retreat, and nine times at the MacDowell Colony. His original compositions have been recorded and released on Sony, Elektra, Rykodisc, Palmetto, New World, Ropeadope, Tzadik, Thirsty Ear, Cantaloupe and Rarenoise. Leading a plethora of diverse ensembles from his instrument, the drums, he has collaborated with many of the leading lights in and beyond the world of music, including master composer John...
more

Guggenheim Foundation Fellow in 2012. He has received multiple awards for composition from the NEA, NYFA, NYSCA, New Music USA, The Jerome Foundation, The New York State Music Fund, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the American Music Center. Mr. Previte has been an artist-in-residence at the Rockefeller Foundation in Bellagio, Italy, Civitella Ranieri, The Montalvo Arts Center, The Hermitage Artist Retreat, and nine times at the MacDowell Colony.

His original compositions have been recorded and released on Sony, Elektra, Rykodisc, Palmetto, New World, Ropeadope, Tzadik, Thirsty Ear, Cantaloupe and Rarenoise. Leading a plethora of diverse ensembles from his instrument, the drums, he has collaborated with many of the leading lights in and beyond the world of music, including master composer John Adams, iconic singer Tom Waits, pantheon filmmaker Robert Altman, and most recently, rock legend Iggy Pop. His music has been labeled as ‘utterly original,’ by the New York Times, while The New Yorker has said his ensembles ‘speak in visionary tongues.’ Mr. Previte has given master classes at schools and universities around the world including The Eastman School of Music, The New School, Bard College, and Princeton University. His recent work includes: TERMINALS, Five Concertos for Percussion Ensemble and Soloist, with SO Percussion, released October 28th, 2014 by Cantaloupe Music, GONE, with Bobby Previte & the Visitors, released summer 2016 on the forTune label, TERMINALS QUARTETS, the percussion only version of Terminals, summer 2016, by Cantaloupe Music, and MASS, a music in nine parts for choir, pipe organ, and metal trio, released April 2017 by Rarenoise Records. His newest work, RHAPSODY, a song cycle on the subject of migration, was commissioned by the Greenfield Prize at the Hermitage Artist Retreat, and premiered April 21, 2017 at New College in Sarasota, Florida. Scored for acoustic guitar, harp, piano, voice, drums and saxophone, and featuring a powerhouse band of Zeena Parkins, John Medeski, Nels Cline, Fabian Rucker, and Jen Shyu, RHAPSODY was released in January, 2018 by Rarenoise.


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Press

... Here is a duo at work that makes music in pure joy, but by no means headlessly, a duo that knows how to convey fundamental jazz content and joy nonchalantly.
Jazzpodium, 01-2-2024

This exquisite partnership is delightfully scheming in its craftiness and vivid disregard for convention. ...
Presto Music, 08-12-2023

... everything that delights, inspires, entertains and fascinates. A great album...
jazzfun, 14-11-2023

... Previte's percussion seems transparently chiseled in detail on a foundation of massive sound, but also conveys an embracing framework in free moments. Anderson's trombone talks and sings, whispers and explodes, always attentive to the impulses of the drum set....
Jazzthing, 24-10-2023

... As a pair, Previte and Anderson are probably the smallest possible brass band, but with which they steal the show from many a stronger line-up...
Jazz'n More, 02-3-2024

... Anyone who knows the two musicians from other contexts will of course also know that their free playing is based on a swinging hard bop with a New Orleans flair that is infectious and exciting.
Concerto, 09-2-2024

'Double Trouble' is an exceptionally catchy album of two of the most important music of recent decades: a production that will appeal not only to die hard jazz fans but also to a younger generation. The fun literally bursts out!
Jazzenzo, 16-1-2024

Previte not only provides the backbone in the music, he also goes his own way, Anderson actually does exactly the same with his blaring but also whispering sounds. The symbiosis of these two great artists is a real pleasure to listen to.
Rootstime, 01-12-2023

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