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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Rufus Reid: Terrestrial Dance

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Rufus Reid is one of a handful of true renaissance figures in the arts. The bassist and composer has been an active presence in the jazz world since the 1970s and has recorded more than a dozen albums as a leader and in groups with Dexter Gordon, Andrew Hill, The Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Quartet, Kenny Barron, Stan Getz, J. J. Johnson, Lee Konitz, Jack Dejohnette and many others. Reid has written for strings, jazz ensembles of varying sizes, ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Rufus Reid at Mezzrow Jazz Club and Dizzy's Club Coca Cola

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Rufus Reid and Glenn Zaleski Mezzrow Jazz Club New York, NY August, 20, 2017 Mezzrow's is an intimate space situated in the heart of Greenwich Village. A great little after-hours haunt in the city that never sleeps. The club space is narrow, but it's well suited for solo piano or duo gigs. It's best to reserve your seats in advance in order to get one of the 10 or 13 tables that ...

INTERVIEWS

Rufus Reid: Composer, Educator, Bassist, Gait Keeper… And Prophet

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Rufus Reid doesn't play standards, as much as he is the standard, a well of knowledge and wisdom that this bassist was fortunate to sit down with one afternoon. All About Jazz: When you did the Elizabeth Catlett album/project, it seemed that the beauty of her work inspired you, but am I wrong in my observation that her work could also be considered somewhat “Afrocentric?" How much of that inspired you, The Afro-American/African culture? How much has managed ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Rufus Reid: Quiet Pride

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The beauty of art is often in the taking rather than the making. The art may come to life in the mind of the artist but it often flourishes when the ink dries, the chisel is withdrawn, the dust has settled, or the final brushstrokes have been applied. At that point, the preparation ends and the consumption begins. Creation then begins to fuel creation and a closed inspiration loop is born. This project is the perfect representation of that ideal. ...

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Rufus Reid: Stanford University, February 27, 2013

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Stanford Jazz Orchestra, directed by Fredrick BerryGuest Artist: Rufus ReidBing Concert HallStanford, CAFebruary 27, 2013 Walking into Stanford University's new Bing Concert Hall can be a stunning experience. Listening to the magnificent acoustic qualities of the hall, it is nothing short of an aural experience that brings a fresh vibrancy to a concert such as the one produced by Fred Berry, director of the 17-piece Stanford Jazz Orchestra. Berry focused this concert ...

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Rufus Reid Trio: Half Moon Bay, CA, November 7, 2010

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Rufus Reid TrioDouglas Beach HouseHalf Moon Bay, CA November 7, 2010 The anticipation of having multi-award winner Rufus Reid working the strings of his bass, and his band members--pianist Steve Allee and drummer Duduka Da Fonseca--ran high, as the audience at the Douglas Beach House began to gather. The trio was on a west coast tour beginning in Edmonton, Canada and Seattle, and moving down the west coast to San Diego. On the way, ...

DVD/FILM REVIEWS

Rufus Reid: Live in Vienna

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Rufus ReidLive in ViennaQuantum Leap/MVD Visual2005 In a memorable 2005 concert performance at the Porgy and Bess jazz club in Vienna, bassist Rufus Reid's trio interpreted several of his original compositions as well as the standard “Cherokee." And what power that old chestnut emitted. With pianist Fritz Pauer and drummer John Hollenbeck, Reid tore the house down with his one-of-a-kind delivery.The veteran bassist started out in Chicago in the 1970s ...

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Rufus Reid: Out Front and with Old Friends

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Great bassists are worth their weight in Maine lobster. Aside from maintaining the foundation so the drummer can stick and move, a great bassist can offer a substantial counterweight to a soloist, plus an additional voice that expands a band's capacity for dialogue. By those measures, Rufus Reid is a great, great bassist, with a strength and dexterity that comes through whether he is a leader or a sideman. Here are examples of Reid excelling in both roles.

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Rufus Reid: Out Front

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Long a first-call bassist, Rufus Reid has played with numerous greats since arriving on the jazz scene in the early '70s, including Dizzy Gillespie, Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, Dexter Gordon, Lee Konitz, Art Farmer and Jimmy Heath, to name just a few, in addition to a number of dates as a leader. His fat tone and inventive lines add something to every record date and he is a capable composer and arranger as well. Out Front ...

MEGAPHONE

Rufus Reid: Being A Jazz Bassist and More

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By Rufus Reid The bassist of any group or ensemble is the core, the foundation, the 'rock', one who stabilizes the unit when it becomes shaky and the individual that everyone depends on dearly 'to always be there!' If this is true, we as bassists must not ask questions as to how should things go. Bassists must take charge and state confidently the tempos when given and maintain them at all cost. If you study consistently and ...