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Ray Anderson

Primary Instrument: Trombone

Born: October 16, 1952    

”If I ever had a home, it was the slide trombone” says Ray Anderson. Although the perennial poll- winner (6 times in Down Beat's Critics Poll!) is indeed at home with the “slip-horn”, his unique music is now being heard all over the world. Anderson's innovative and influential style is technically awesome but straight from the heart. He shatters musical categories but remains personal, emotional and accessible. He is often humorous but never predictable. He has given the trombone a whole new sound and also developed a trombone-like way of singing.

Born in Chicago in 1952, Ray Anderson started playing trombone when he was eight. “The music I remember from my parent's house includes many Dixieland records (which inspired me to select trombone as my instrument) as well as Mahalia Jackson, Broadway shows, Mozart concertos and various folk singers. I played trombone in the orchestra and jazz big band at the University of Chicago Lab School. I was introduced to everything from John Cage to the Blues, from Archie Shepp, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane and Bird to Motown, the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and Sly and the Family Stone; I also heard some of the early AACM concerts. Thus I developed an omnivorous taste in music which has only grown over the years.”...
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    ABD

    Hatology
    2011
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    Who Is In Charge?

    Abracadabra Music
    2011
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    A B D

    Hatology
    2011
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    Hear You Say

    Challenge Records
    2010
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    Ibrahim Electric Meets Ray Anderson Again

    Stunt Records/Sundance Music
    2008
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    Bonemeal

    Raybone Music
    2002
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    Cheer Up

    Abracadabra Music
    1995
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