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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Mike LeDonne: Where There’s Smoke

Read "Mike LeDonne:  Where There’s Smoke" reviewed by Bob Kenselaar

Mike LeDonne has more than made his mark in jazz over the years, on both piano and organ. One of the New York jazz scene's premier instrumentalists, he's long been a favorite of fellow musicians. “He is incredible," said the late Oscar Peterson, who once described how he would rush to hear LeDonne play every night ...

NEWS: RADIO

The Jazz Session #113: Benny Reid

The Jazz Session #113: Benny Reid

On his second album, Escaping Shadows (Concord, 2009), saxophonist Benny Reid continues to explore the musical path first laid down by Pat Metheny. In this interview, recorded just after Reids performance at the 2009 Tanglewood Jazz Festival, Reid talks about the influence of Metheny; why he chooses to compose everything from the melodies to the bass ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Benny Reid: Escaping Shadows

Read "Escaping Shadows" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

To listen to Benny Reid's music is to hear a strong Pat Metheny influence. That's not a bad thing, but it is something the 28-year-old aims to move away from with Escaping Shadows, his second release as a leader.

Reid graduated from the music program at Indiana University. In addition to Metheny, his influences ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Jazz Honors The Beatles

Read "Jazz Honors The Beatles" reviewed by Michael Ricci

When The Beatles first emerged at the forefront of The British Invasion, few could have predicted the impact they'd have beyond the world of rock and pop. Early albums, and songs like “Love Me Do," “She Loves You" and “I Want to Hold Your Hand," were hardly the grist for something more.

But by ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Benny Reid

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Instrument(s):

Alto saxophone.

Teachers and/or influences?

Starting with my alto sax teacher in high school, Andy Fusco of Buddy Rich Band fame, and throughout college at Indiana University I studied with Tom Walsh, who is a great jazz and classical player that really knows how to bring out the individualism in each student. ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Benny Reid Releases New CD - Escaping Shadow

Benny Reid Releases New CD - Escaping Shadow

The new sophomore release from saxophonist Benny Reid, Escaping Shadows, hits stores today (CD & digital) via Concord Jazz Records.

Noteworthy originals include the volume-surging, rock-grooved “Facing the Edge” and the hybrid “New Days” that starts with a jazz groove followed by a jungle beat in the middle section. The ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Benny Reid to Release New Album

Benny Reid to Release New Album

On September 15th, Concord Jazz Records will release Escaping Shadows, the new album from jazz saxophonist Benny Reid. On his new release, 28-year-old Reid reveals the next vital step in his maturation as an adventurous artist and an ambitious composer. The album features nine originals and one cover song. Noteworthy originals include the volume-surging, rock-grooved “Facing the ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Concord Jazz Will Release Benny Reid's "Escaping Shadows" on September 15

Concord Jazz Will Release Benny Reid's "Escaping Shadows" on September 15

Concord Jazz announced the release of Escaping Shadows, the sophomore album from alto saxophonist and bandleader Benny Reid. On his new release, 28-year-old Reid reveals the next vital step in his maturation as an adventurous artist and an ambitious composer. The album features nine originals and one cover song, and will be available everywhere September 15, ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Saxophonist Benny Reid at the Tanglewood Jazz Festival

Saxophonist Benny Reid at the Tanglewood Jazz Festival

Alto saxophonist Benny Reid made an auspicious debut as a leader on his first Concord Records CD, “Findings," last year. Born in Westfield, New Jersey on October 7, 1980, Reid grew up in a musical household where the records of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, {Stan Getz}} and Pat Metheny provided a soundtrack for daily life. “Since ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Benny Reid - 'Findings' Concord Jazz Debut CD Free Download

Benny Reid - 'Findings' Concord Jazz Debut CD Free Download

The upcoming Concord Jazz debut from 26 year old alto sax prodigy and rising jazz star Benny Reid, titled Findings, is set for release this coming Tuesday (Feb 27th). You can download the track “Dancing with my Father" for free right here:

Findings is a fully realized work of remarkable depth and maturity that takes listeners ...