Trombone 20 living greats

1 Curtis Fuller Hugely influential for decades. On John Coltrane classic Blue Train, simply consider he contributed significantly to a life changing album. Snap up, too, the Detroiter’s solo records particular from the late-1950s. 2 Slide Hampton

Published: 17 Nov 2019. Updated: 8 months.

1 Curtis Fuller

Hugely influential for decades. On John Coltrane classic Blue Train, simply consider he contributed significantly to a life changing album. Snap up, too, the Detroiter’s solo records particular from the late-1950s.

2 Slide Hampton

Hero to horn players such as saxophonist David Sánchez.

3 Fred Wesley

Written into music history via the Godfather of Soul as a pillar of the JBs – still cutting the mustard.

4 Robin Eubanks

Pivotal within the Dave Holland sound in the 1990s and beyond. As a leader ideas always swirl and connect.

5 Annie Whitehead

Check out Annie’s superb work with Robert Wyatt first off. Excels too drawing on Township.

6 Ku-umba Frank Lacy

Erstwhile Mingusian. Ku-umba does cool frontman stuff as a vocalist as well.

7 Steve Turré

Magic maker whether on trombone or, even, conch shells.

8 Wycliffe Gordon

Crucial listen when he was with Wynton. Already walking tall as a Gulliver in even the most Swiftly dashed off jazz history books.

9 Conrad Herwig

His latin-jazz treatment of the Herbie songbook blew me away when it came out. Formidable interpreting Wayne Shorter into the bargain.

10 Jonas Gwangwa

South African jazz icon.

11 Chris Barber

Trad for dads and all the family. ‘Ice cream’ often provided.

12 Trombone Shorty

New Orleans trombone reinvented for the Treme generation.

13 Grachan Moncur III

Very collectable from his Blue Note days. Later an avant garde lion.

14 Winston Rollins

Jools Holland’s preferred trombone player for many years who has also led his own big band at the Proms in an informal battle of the bands contest.

15 Julian Priester

Avant by reputation often but can do it all.

16 Dennis Rollins

Brother of Winston. Pride of Doncaster. Kudos for his work with Maceo.

17 Steve Davis

Superb mainstream player.

18 Ryan Keberle

Today's finest jazz trombonist innovator.

19 Ray Anderson

Joyous jazz club favourite.

20 Nils Wogram

Possessor of a dazzling technique that harnesses a mastery of range and form.

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2019 Highlight: emergence of Rosie Turton

An original sounding EP by trombonist Rosie Turton called Rosie’s 5ive from the Jazz Re:freshed label marked her emergence. Tracks are 'Stolen Ribs,' 'The Unknown,' 'The Purge,' the Herbie Hancock tune 'Butterfly' covered in recent years by the …

Published: 17 Nov 2019. Updated: 8 months.

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An original sounding EP by trombonist Rosie Turton called Rosie’s 5ive from the Jazz Re:freshed label marked her emergence. Tracks are 'Stolen Ribs,' 'The Unknown,' 'The Purge,' the Herbie Hancock tune 'Butterfly' covered in recent years by the likes of Robert Glasper, and Orange Moon.

A sprawling laidback dark modal vibe, Turton takes up the mantle of Annie Whitehead a little although there is no South African side to her direction at all on this glimpse anyway but I am also hearing probably more to the point a bit of the bluesy sound of Frank Lacy as per his work with McCoy Tyner on an album like Journey or with the Mingus Big Band.

Johanna Burnheart on violin reminds me of someone like Nigel Kennedy feeding feverishly into the sound on top of the rhythm section. SG