New Album: Low Ridin’


  • The first review is in:

    CD Review:

    CHRIS WASHBURNE/Rags & Roots: The bone man blows your mind as he blows your ears open by surrounding himself with a killer array of modern jazzbos who all pull in the same direction when he reaches back to pull a piano out of a speakeasy whore house and relocates it to a whore house on Mars. Making classic rags modern and interspersing them with materiality of Washburn’s making, this set colors outside the lines and invites you to take a wild ride along with it as the familiar gets turned on it’s head in a most delightful fashion. A stomping good time, leave your inhibitions a the door and check in for a good time. Well done throughout.

    CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher

  • Honored to received such a great review from Gary Walker at WBGO – a true hero and champion of jazz!

  • Honored to be featured on the Columbia U homepage!

  • SYOTOS’ “Stairway to Heaven” featured on and review by Felix Contreras

    This crazy, clever cover medley spans an entire musical universe, as it superimposes one of Duke Ellington’s sacred works (1968’s “Heaven”) over Led Zeppelin’s 1971 rock classic “Stairway To Heaven.” Trombonist Chris Washburne and his mighty See You On The Other Side miniature big band have released an album of inspired Latin jazz instrumental covers; titled Low Ridin’, it touches on ’70s-era rock songs by the likes of Neil Young, The Doors, Lou Reed and Jimi Hendrix.

    I’ve always been moved by the emotion of Ellington’s music, so I had to pull the car over and listen closely the first time I heard this unlikely pairing, which brings out the inspired devotion in the melody beneath Jimmy Page’s bombastic chord progressions. The entire album works, but this track is a high-water mark for a great Latin jazz vet.


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"Chris Washburne is a young talent most deserving wider recognition."
- Howard Mandel, Jazz Critic for Downbeat and Village Voice

"Chris Washburne is a superior hard bop player..."
- Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

"Trombonist Chris Washburne... an excellent player..."
- Ben Ratliff, New York Times