Format: Compact Disc
Released Date: February 26, 2001
Style: Jazz Instrument
Number of Discs: 0
Personnel includes: Josh Roseman (trombone); Jay Rodrigues (tenor
baritone saxophone, flute); David Jensen (tenor saxophone); Matt
Shulman, Lester Bowie (trumpet); Bob Stewart (tuba); John Medeski
(piano, Wurlitzer piano, Clavinet, organ, ARP synthesizer); David
Fiuczynski, Ben Monder (guitar); Scott Coley (acoustic bass); Joey
baron, Ari Hoenig (drums); EJ Rodriguez (percussion).
Recorded on January 3 & 4, 1998. Includes liner notes by Greg
Tate and Peter Apfelbaum.
Trombonist Josh Roseman has worked with everyone from Don Byron to
Charlie Hunter, developing the chops and sensibility that would
eventually lead to his solo debut CHERRY. Herein, Roseman tosses
conservative notions of jazz repertoire straight out the window.
Joined by a stellar cast of co-conspirators that includes such
downtown jazz luminaries as Joey Baron, Ben Monder, and in one of
his last recordings, the late Lester Bowie, Roseman mixes some
quirky original tunes with unique deconstructions of the pop/rock
songbook. "If I Fell" gives the listener some idea of what the
Beatles might have sounded like if they'd done their apprenticeship
at the Knitting Factory instead of the Cavern Club. Nirvana's
grunge anthem becomes a funky, soul-jazz workout brimming with
hard-hitting grooves and Roseman's own assertive trombone
While all this is done with enough looseness and light-hearted to
keep anyone from taking things to seriously, this is no novelty
album. Roseman's own tunes are invigorating slices of modern jazz,
a trio of Sun Ra covers feel right at home, and if you're not
paying strict attention, some of the pop material might just pass
for some left-field creation of the downtown cognoscenti who
enliven CHERRY so effectively.
Downbeat (June 2002, p.75) - 3.5 out of 5 stars - "...The Josh
Roseman Unit has got their groove on....Roseman's kaleidoscopic
songbook is both unified and engaging..."