Hugh Ragin Trumpet Ensemble
USA. A strikingly gifted post-bop trumpeter, Ragins work as performer and composer was held in high esteem by his fellow musicians throughout the 80s and 90s. It was only at the end of the 90s, however, that word began to spread to a wider audience. Before that emergence, he had played alongside and otherwise collaborated with an impressive range of bop, post-bop and free jazz artists, among them Anthony Braxton, Maynard Ferguson, Dizzy Gillespie, D.D. Jackson, Roscoe Mitchell, David Murray and Sun Ra. His compositions have been recorded by Jackson, Mitchell, Murray and Fred Wesley. Ragin himself appeared on record with some of these artists, notably Mitchells 1987 Live At The Knitting Factory for Black Saint Records. To a great extent, Ragins absence from centre stage has been a result of his commitment to working as a music educator, to sharing his gifts and helping attract more young people into music.