Ray Anderson © Erika Kapin
Ray Anderson - Marching On
A trombone solo album is not exactly an everyday commodity, as the instrument is considered somewhat bulky, unwieldy or surly. In the hands of a master like Ray Anderson, however, one wonders how these prejudices could come about, because he simply makes music with the trombone.
Marching On is a sound journey that leaves the listener:inside amazed, because Ray Anderson manages to give space to many different moods with his instrument and to conjure music into the ears of the listener:inside, where you often forget that you are listening to "just" a trombone - the album seems like the sum of an eventful career.
Ray Anderson is considered one of the most captivating and original trombonists. He is by turns a supremely lyrical player and a bold texturist, a warm and natural-sounding soloist and an unbound innovator. With his extended techniques, brilliant use of the plunger mute, and demonstrative, vocal-like tones, he expanded the trombone's tonal range and was instrumental in reawakening interest in the instrument in the 1980s.
"In recent years, Ray Anderson has all but revolutionized trombone technique. He not only plays faster with more variations of tone and timbre than his contemporaries, but also injects extraordinary energy and feeling into his music, be it a basic blues, a tricksy original or a straightahead blowing vehicle." (Chris Parker, BBC Music Magazine)