Rufus Reid, one of today's premiere bassists on the international jazz scene, with his reputation firmly established in the education arena, now adds composition to his vitae. Rufus participated in the BMI Jazz Composer's Workshop for five years which has empowered him to move more deeply into the composing arena. He won the Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Award for his composition, Skies Over Emilia. His composition, Whims of the Blue Bird is the result of this award's commission. This has led to further commissions. He has written for string orchestra, jazz ensembles large and small, concert band, double bass ensemble pieces and a solo bass composition.
Rufus recorded this trio album after several outings with Steve Allee and Duduka Da Fonseca. The power, the magical chemistry , the very joy this trio has is very evident on this recording by Motéma. It is Reid’s remarkable celebration of a passion for musical diversity, and his first recording with these two colleagues who sharethe spotlight. Released March, 2010 The Rufus Reid Out Front Trio Enhanced CD Steve Allee - piano ~ Duduka Da Fonseca - drums
Rufus Reid's CD/DVD recording by Motéma Music was recorded October 13, 2006, at Washington, DC's venerable national home for the performing arts, and released May 29, 2007. This CD/DVD set features diverse moods and textures ranging from his dynamic opening jaunt Come Out and Play, one of many compelling, accessible original compositions on the disc to Ode to Angela, by Harold Land, Heroes by Billy Childs, and a sensitive solo bass interpretation of Duke Ellington's classic, Sophisticated Lady. This package also includes a special in-depth feature, Meet Rufus Reid. Available now! Click on Recordings.