Anderson has just returned from Portugal and Greece, where he was subbing for trumpeter Eddie Henderson in The Leaders, a long-running supergroup. However, his normal life involves a week that's divided up into two sections. "I'm teaching at Stony Brook [University]. Generally, I'm out there half of the week. I'm the Director of Jazz Studies. I do everything there is to do with jazz out there. I have everybody from freshmen to graduate students who are incredible virtuosos. I'm very happy to be able to give people an essence of what the music is about, not dominated by a concept of what jazz is and what it isn't and what therefore is the right way to play and the wrong way to play. I teach the spirit of improvisation and self-expression. It's great to have an opportunity to do that."
Recommended Listening: Anthony Braxton, Performance (Quartet) 1979 (hatOLOGY, 1979)
Ray Anderson, Old Bottles, New Wine (Enja, 1985)
Ray Anderson, What Because (Gramavision, 1989)
Bass Drum Bone, Hence the Reason (Enja, 1996)
Ray Anderson/Mark Dresser, Nine Songs Together (CIMP, 2003)
Ray Anderson/Bob Stewart, Heavy Metal Duo (Work Songs & Other Spirituals) (s/r, 2004)