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Mike Reed's People, Places & Things: Clean on the Corner

Read "Clean on the Corner" reviewed by Troy Collins

Originally founded in 2008 to commemorate the lesser known “people, places & things" that have historically supported Chicago's progressive jazz scene, Mike Reed's ensemble of the same name continues to ply its bold interpretations of lesser known covers and swinging originals on Clean on the Corner, their fourth recording for 482 Music. Although this session breaks ...

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Mike Reed's People, Places & Things: Clean on the Corner

Read "Clean on the Corner" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

"Ogni tanto ci vuole". Avevo chiuso con queste parole, un po' di mesi fa, la recensione di una nuova avventura musicale di Mike Reed con la sua Loose Assembly, Empathetic Parts. Era una scelta nemmeno tanto ironica per chiosare un gran bel disco ma, specialmente, per incensare il nome ormai “santo" del batterista che forse più di ogni ...

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Mike Reed's People, Places & Things: Stories and Negotiations

Read "Stories and Negotiations" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

L'idea è di quelle intriganti. Allestire una band -People, Places & Things, gran bel nome- con la quale recuperare e far riemergere dall'oblio la scena jazz della Chicago anni 1954-1960. Scena in lento ma inesorabile movimento, dominata ancora dall'infuocato hard bop ma con all'orizzonte i primi segnali delle trasformazioni che porteranno all'avvento dell'AACM. Per far ciò il compositore/batterista Mike ...

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Mike Reed's People, Places & Things: Stories And Negotiations

Read "Stories And Negotiations" reviewed by Martin Longley

This third album by Mike Reed's People, Places & Things (PP&T) takes its position as the most direct manifestation of the combo's agreed purpose. The Chicago drummer has begun a journey of rediscovery, or even introduction, to the old jazz sounds of that city's late '50s period. Reed's concept is not to reproduce, but to respond ...

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Mike Reed's People, Places & Things: Stories and Negotiations

Read "Stories and Negotiations" reviewed by Troy Collins

Stories and Negotiations is the final chapter in Chicago-based drummer Mike Reed's People, Places & Things trilogy. Debuting with 2008's Proliferation (482 Music), Reed founded this piano-less quartet to investigate an often overlooked period of Chicago's jazz history--the mid-1950s to early 1960s--when the city's after-hours jam session culture flirted with avant-garde collectivism, eventually giving birth to ...

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Mike Reed's People, Places & Things: About Us

Read "About Us" reviewed by Jeff Stockton

Mike Reed's People, Places & Things was conceived as a band dedicated to reviving and expanding on aspects of the Chicago jazz scene of the late 1950s, bringing a fresh approach and contemporary ideas to the music of that era. About Us continues in that vein, but as the title states, its focus is more on ...

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Mike Reed's People, Places & Things: About Us

Read "About Us" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Il batterista chicagoano Mike Reed è uno dei nomi emergenti dell'attuale jazz statunitense. Invitato all'ultimo festival di Sant'Anna Arresi, dove ha suscitato una favorevole impressione, il 3 maggio 2010 sarà ospite della rassegna padovana “Ostinati". Tuttavia questo suo CD, registrato in studio fra febbraio e marzo 2009, in parte delude le aspettative, perché la musica non sempre prende il ...

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Mike Reed's People, Places & Things: About Us

Read "About Us" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The saying might go something like, “Those ignorant of history are doomed to repeat it." For composer/bandleader Mike Reed, his knowledge of jazz history allows him the freedom to cherish and exalt the past.

Reed's prior disc, Proliferation (482 Music, 2008), revitalized Chicago jazz music from 1954-1960, covering tracks by under-appreciated artist Wilbur Campbell, ...

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Mike Reed's People, Places & Things: About Us

Read "About Us" reviewed by Troy Collins

Chicago-based drummer Mike Reed's debut of his People, Places & Things Ensemble, Proliferation (482 Music, 2008), was dedicated to the under-recognized people, places, and things from late 1950s Chicago that he found inspiring. About Us continues this concept, eschewing the previous session's focus on under-sung cover tunes in favor of original compositions written by Reed and ...