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." The Rufus Reid Quintet - "Live At The Kennedy Center" CD/DVD Set The JOHN SIMON GUGGENHEIM MEMORIAL FOUNDATION named Rufus a Guggenheim Fellow in June of 2008. This award is in the category of Composition. The fellows were appointed on the basis of distinguished achievement and exceptional promise for future accomplishment. ''They're people who have already made significant contributions to the field and are at a point where they are about to do something very fine,'' the president of the foundation stated. This year's winners range in age from their late 20's to their late 70's. Rufus Reid received a 2006 Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts to enable him to continue composing, and he received The ASCAP/IAJE Commission for Established Jazz Composers, which was premiered at the 2007 IAJE Conference in New York City.