Paul Rutherford

Photograph copyright Caroline Forbes.

Born Greenwich, London, 29 February 1940, died 5 August 2007; trombone, euphonium, piano.

A stalwart of the early UK free scene who has played in, and contributed positively to, just about every available possibility, in more structured musics as well as obvious free situations: Globe Unity Orchestra, London Jazz Composer's Orchestra, Mike Westbrook Orchestra,and what appears to be a myriad of small groups, e.g.: Iskra 1903, duo with Paul Lovens, Quintet Moderne, and, recently, in trio with Anthony Braxton and Evan Parker. Perhaps most famous for solo trombone improvisations, and while many would dispute the fact that The Gentle harm of the bourgeoisie is the best solo trombone recording, it can't be far from the truth. Great title too.

On the topic of trombone multiphonics (contentious area this - Derek Bailey, Improvisation, p. 109) Paul Rutherford implied to Rusch (1993) that he was the first to use the technique, and particularly before that documented by Joachim Berendt.

Further information

Lee, David (1987), The gentle harm of the bourgeoisie, Coda, no. 215, (August 1), pp. 7-9.

Rusch, R. (1993), Paul Rutherford interview. Cadence, vol. 19, no. 11, (November), pp.9-14.

Recordings

1966/1967, Challenge (1966-7), Emanem 5029. Re-release of Eyemark EMPL 1002 plus extra tracks and reissue of Emanem 4053. Spontaneous Music Ensemble.
1966/1967, Withdrawal (1966-7), Emanem 4020. Spontaneous Music Ensemble.
1968, Frameworks, Emanem 4134. Three versions of the SME, Rutherford on the earliest.
1969, The living music, FMP 0100/UMS/ALP231CD.
1969, European echoes, FMP 0010/UMS/ALP232CD. Manfred Schoof.
1970, Globe Unity 67 & 70, Atavistic/Unheard Music Series. Globe Unity Orchestra (Rutherford only on 1970 session).
1970, Four compositions for sextet CBS (GB) 64071/Sony-Columbia 494437. Tony Oxley group.
1970, Born free, Scout Records ScS 11. Two tracks on festival album.
1970, Fuck de Boere, UMS/ALP211CD. Peter Brötzmann Group.
1970, Groupcomposing, ICP 006.
1970/1971, Buzz soundtrack, Emanem CD 4066. Iskra 1903.
1970/1972, Iskra 1903, Incus 3/4.
1970-1972, Chapter one 1970-1972, Emanem 3CD 4301. Iskra 1903.
1971, Actions, Philips 6305 153. Don Cherry/The New Eternal Rhythm Orchestra.
1971, Actions, Intuition INT 3606-2. Don Cherry/Krzysztof Penderecki. CD issue of previous item.
1971, Septober energy, RCA Neon NE 9/Dandisc Cent 1/BGOCD485. Centipede.
1971/1972, Tony Oxley Incus 8.
1972, Goldsmiths, Emanem 5013. Iskra 1903.
1972, Ode, Incus 6-7/Intakt 041. London Jazz Composers' Orchestra.
1972, Peter Kowald Quintet, FMP 0070.
1972/1973/1974, Sequences 72 & 73, Emanem 4018. Iskra 1912.
1973, Live in Wuppertal, FMP 0160. Globe Unity Orchestra.
1973/75, For example, FMP R123. Solo track plus two group tracks on commemorative/compilation 3LP set.
1975, Solo in Berlin 1975, Emanem CD 4144.
1974, Hamburg '74, FMP 0650/Atavistic Unheard Music Series UMS/ALP248CD. Globe Unity Orchestra.
1974, The gentle harm of the bourgeoisie, Emanem 3305/3403/CD 4019.
1975, Baden-Baden '75, FMP CD 137. Globe Unity Orchestra + Guests.
1976, Old Moers Almanac, Ring 01014.
1976/1977, Paul Rutherford/Paul Lovens, Po Torch PTR/JWD 3.
1976/1985, The ericle of Dolphi, Po Torch PTR/JWD 13/14.
1977, A birthday tribute - 75 years Incus CD63. Tony Oxley.
1978, Neuph, Sweet Folk and Country SFA 092. Solo trombone and euphonium.
1978, A European proposal Horo HPD 35-36. Bennink/Mengelberg/Rutherford/Schiano.
1978/1979, One four and two twos, Emanem 5027. John Stevens/Paul Rutherford/Evan Parker/Barry Guy.
1978/1980, Neuph, Emanem 4118. Re-issue of SFA 092 with two additional pieces.
1978/1981/1982, Tetralogy, Emanem 5202. Solo, trio, quartet.
1979/1981, A luta continua, Konnex KCD 5056. John Stevens Dance Orchestra
1980, The family, FMP 0940. The 'Wuppertal Workshop Ensemble'.
1980, M.L.A. BLEK, FMP SAJ-32.
1980, Study II/Stringer, Intakt CD095. London Jazz Composers Orchestra.
1980, Pisa 1980: improvisors' symposium, Incus 37 (LP)/psi 04.03/4 (CD).
1981, Forward of short leg, Dossier Records ST 7529. Jon Rose.
1981, Trio & triangle, Emanem 4150. SME & SMO.
1981, SME+SMO in concert, Sweet Folk & Country SFA 112.
1981 Instant replay, nato 25/32 (LP). Lol Coxhill.
1981 Instant replay, nato 25-32 (CD). Lol Coxhill.
1981-1983, Chapter two 1981-3, Emanem 3CD 4303. Iskra 1903.
1983, Gheim, Emanem 4107. Paul Rutherford Trio.
1984, Figments of imagination, FMR CD31-V0796. G.P. Hall.
1985, Waterloo 1985, Emanem 4030. Parker/Rutherford/Schneider/Lytton.
1986, Welcomet, Impetus IMP 18612. Elton Dean Quintet.
1986-1995, Trombolenium, Emanem 4072. Solos from 1986, 1992, 1993 and 1995.
1987, Spectral soprano, Emanem 4204. One quartet track with Lol Coxhill on compilation CD.
1987, Before my time, Chabada OH17/Nato HS10052.
1987/1988, Zurich concerts, Intakt 005. London Jazz Composers Orchestra.
1988, Rogues, Emanem 4007. Duo with Paul Rogers.
1988/89, South on the Northern, Emanem 5203. Iskra 1903.
1989, Harmos, Intakt CD013. London Jazz Composers Orchestra.
1989, Double trouble, Intakt CD019. London Jazz Composers Orchestra.
1989, The strange and the commonplace, Po Torch PTR/JWD 19S.
1989, 1989 - and all that, SLAMCD 301. Solos and duos with George Haslam.
1989, Termite one, BFC24/BF 32.
1989, Premonitions, Matchless MRCD18. Free Jazz Quartet.
1990, Music for large and small ensembles, ECM 1415/1416. Kenny Wheeler.
1990, The Holywell concert, SLAMCD302.
1990, The Vortex tapes, SLAMCD 203. Elton Dean.
1991, Sometimes crosswise, Moers 02094 CD. Günter Christmann.
1991, Frankfurt 1991, Emanem 4051. Iskra 1903.
1991, Innocence, Cadence CJR 105. Joe Gullivan.
1992, Memories of the future, Matchless MRCD76. Free Jazz Quartet.
1992, Spirits rejoice, Ogun OGCD101. The Dedication Orchestra.
1992, Iskra/Nckpa 1903, Maya 9502.
1992, Level two, SLAMCD303. George Haslam group.
1992, The März combo, FMP CD47. Peter Brötzmann Tentet.
1993, Trio (London) 1993, Leo CD LR 197. Anthony Braxton/Evan Parker/Paul Rutherford.
1993, Portraits, Intakt CD 035. London Jazz Composers Orchestra.
1993, Blue, That's Jazz CP 2008. The John Stevens' Ensemble.
1994, Ixesha, Ogun OGCD102/103. The Dedication Orchestra.
1995, Three pieces for orchestra, Intakt CD 045. London Jazz Composers Orchestra.
1995, Double trouble two, Intakt CD 053. London Jazz Composers Orchestra.
1996, Live in Japan '96, DIW-922. Berlin Contemporary Jazz Orchestra.
1996, Suite for B... city, FMP CD 88. t'Nonet Fred Van Hove.
1996, Bò kay la vi-a, Ogun OGCD 012. Francine Luce.
1997, ...through the ear of a raindrop Leo LR 254. John Wolf Brennan HeXtet.
1997, Trade d'union: improvisations of the four seasons Caligola Records 2033-2. Francesco Branciamore with Michel Godard, PR and Guido Mazzon.
1997, Newsense, SLAM CD 229. Elton Dean's Newsense.
1998, The first full turn (1998), Emanem 4026. Rottor.
1998, Live at Le Mans, Red Eye Music redeye008. Keith Tippett Tapestry Orchestra.
1998, Shooters Hill, FMRCD141-0104. Paul Dunmall Sextet.
1999, Fragrance, Sabu-01. Duo with Sabu Toyozumi.
1999, Slamfest, SLAMCD 405. Trio of Coxhill/Haslam/Rutherford on compilation 2-disc set.
2000, The Great divide, Cuneiform RUNE 142. Paul Dunmall Octet.
2001, Freedom of the city 2001: large groups, Emanem 4206. London Improvisers Orchestra.
2001, Freedom of the city 2001: small groups, Emanem 4205.
2001, Out to launch, Emanem 4086. Lol Coxhill and the Unlaunched Orchestra.
2001, Wellsprings suite, Cadence Jazz Records CJR 1176. Quintet Moderne.
2002, Chicago 2002, Emanem 4082.
2002, Milwaukee 2002, Emanem 4097. Lol Coxhill/Torsten Müller/Paul Rutherford.
2002, Freedom of the city 2002: small groups, Emanem 4210.
2002, Freedom of the city 2002, Emanem 4090. London Improvisers Orchestra.
2002, Globe Unity 2002, Intakt CD 086. Globe Unity Orchestra.
2002?, AMaSSED, Thirsty Ear THI57123.2. Spring Heel Jack.
2002, Bridging: The Great divide live, clean feed CF017CD. Paul Dunmall Octet.
2003, I wish you peace, Cuneiform RUNE 203. Paul Dunmall Moksha Big Band.
2004, Freedom of the city 2004: small groups, Emanem 4215.
2004, Responses, reproduction & reality: freedom of the city 2003-4, Emanem 4110. London Improvisers Orchestra.
2004, iskra³, psi 05.02.
2004, HOXHA, SPOOL SPL126. Rutherford/Vandermark/Müller/van der Schyff.
2004, Cuban meltdown, SLAMCD 515. George Haslam/Bobby Carcassés
2005, Freedom of the city 2005, Emanem 4216. In trio + London Improvisers Orchestra.
2006, Free zone Appleby 2006, psi 07.04. Philipp Wachsmann/Rudi Mahall/Aki Takase/Alexander von Schlilppenbach/Evan Parker/Paul Rutherford/Paul Lovens.
2006, Globe Unity - 40 years, Intakt CD 133.


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