Ray Anderson / Ibrahim Electric

Decades: 1990s 2000s


16 October 1952, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Anderson started playing trombone as soon as he was tall enough, at the age of eight. Initially inspired by his father’s dixieland record collection, he played in school alongside George Lewis, the other pre-eminent trombonist of his generation. Anderson has always involved himself with a generous spectrum of music, from harmonica player Jeff Carp’s blues band as a teenager to classical orchestras. Concerts by the local black self-help organization, the AACM, were an inspiration. Lewis joined the AACM, and Anderson went to Minneapolis and then San Francisco to study music. However, Anderson has always kept in touch with the Chicago players and, like Lewis, has had a fruitful relationship with Anthony Braxton. In California he played with Charles Moffett and David Murray, but in 1972 he relocated to New York, where he sat in with Charles Mingus and George Rufus Adams. In the late 70s he toured and recorded with...

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