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Music: Soneando Trombon by Jimmy Bosch

Trombonist Jimmy Harrison electrified 1920’s Harlem audiences by demonstrating that Louis Armstrong’s style could be adapted to his own instrument. The subtle slide adjustments and breath control of Tommy Dorsey created a legato stylethe envy of most singers and the model for an obscure saloon singer from Hoboken, New Jersey named Frank Sinatra. Jack Teagarden’s facile slide technique was complimented by his blue-inflected melodic style; J.J. Johnson’s technical innovations made it possible to play bop on the trombone with a minimum of faking. The musician most responsible for re-creating these styles in the context of Afro-Cuban music is Barry Rogers.; his explosive solos and brilliant arrangements for Eddie Palmieri’s La Perfecta unit made an unmistakable impact on the 1960’s Latin dance music that eventually became known as Salsa.

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Jimmy Bosch is the heir to these traditions through talent, temperament and choice of role models. Anyone who’s good enough to hang in with Manny Oquendo y Libre expands their knowledge of rhythm and learns to use a minimal number of note for maximum expression through cunning placement within the two measure framework of clave. As a twenty year veteran Jimmy is one of the outstanding alumnae of the Oquendo Conservatory. One of his great regrets is that he didn’t get to work more with Barry Rogers;nevertheless, he’s learned the Gospel According to Barry and preaches it every time he picks up his horn. It’s to Jimmy’s great credit that he plays with Barry’s conviction and drive without slavishly copying the stridency that characterized the Rogers sound during the early years of La Perfecta. Much of Jimmy’s individuality of sound is due to his natural ease of playing. This ease is evident just from watching him;a photograph of his face while playing could be used in any instrumental textbook as an example of perfect natural embouchure setting for playing any brass instrument. Jimmy looks at his natural aptitude for the trombone as an unexplainable gift. In 1996 he told me “I never really learned to practice with discipline and do the daily things like most musicians who practice four or five hours a day.


I’ve basically put the horn up to my face and my whole attitude, my whole scope and thinking is that I just get to play with passion and love and it comes out and that’s what happens”. What comes out includes some of the hottest trombone solos being played today-and not just in the salsa field. His riffs build intensity through repetition and through subtle interaction with fellow musicians; his repeated note figures can sound like a divinely inspired telegraph operator. He can easily push his naturally beautiful sound to a sizzling edginessa la Generoso “Tojo” Jimenez; his articulation runs the gamut from clean precision through many funky inflections available to trombonists through manipulation of the slide and tongue. Jimmy is as happy playing background figures with his fellow horn players as he is taking solos; he fronts his own group with a leader’s ability but without a leader’s ego.

Uniquely in tune with his instrument, Jimmy Bosch is uniquely able to respond to its heritage. As we near the end of the century of the trombone’s first real flowering it’s clear that played by the likes of Bosch it’s in very good hands for the next. Bernard Shaw’s music hall clown was right; the trombone was destinedto play the Music of the Future. Listening to Jimmy Bosch-Soneando Trombon gives a very good glimpse of the trombone’s future. 


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An expressive playing style, marked by flaring melodies and soulful rhythms, has made Jimmy Bosch one of the leading trombone players in contemporary Latin music. Known throughout the Latin communities as “El Trombon Criollo,” the New Jersey-born Bosch has strengthened the music of such top-notch Latin groups as Ruben Blades and Son Del Solar, Mark Anthony, Eddie Palmieri, Perfecta Combinacion, Manny Oquendo Y Libre, Cachao, Celia Cruz, La India and Ray Baretto. Bosch has led his own group, the Masters, since 1996.

Soneando TrombonBosch, one of 11 children raised in a poor family, began playing trombone in school at age 11. Two years later, he made his professional debut with a Hoboken-based merengue band, Arcoires. In 1978, Bosch enrolled in the classical music department at Rutgers University and became a member of the influential Salsa band Manny Oquendo Y Libre. He continues to perform and record with the group occasionally. Bosch’s debut album as a bandleader, Soneando Trombon, features guest appearances by Cuban trumpet legend Chocolate Armenteros and vocalist Pete Rodriguez. Salsa Dura followed in 1999.

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