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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, 2009. Produced by Reid and Chris Dunn, Escaping Shadows spotlights Reid and his band as embarking on a passionate, largely upbeat and lyrical journey. The album includes pieces that were written around the time of his debut album Findings, which the saxophonist cites as a highly creative period for him

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Article: Profile

Jazz Honors The Beatles

Read "Jazz Honors The Beatles" reviewed by AAJ Staff


All About Jazz is honoring The Fab Four in the year of the 60th anniversary of the release of their first album (Please Please Me). This collective tribute was originally published in September 2009--as a living document, we'll add more quotes & stories over time (see how-to in comments section). We also compiled a companion playlist ...

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Article: Interview

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 ...

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Escaping Shadows

Label: Concord Music Group
Released: 2009
Track listing: The Final Chapter; Five Years Later; Sleeping Beauty; Facing the Edge; New Days; The Most Beautiful Girl I Ever Knew; Firelight; Cutting; Always & Forever; Escaping Shadows.

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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 ...

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Article: Album 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 ...

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Video

New Days

Featuring the music of Benny Reid
Duration: 3:18

"New Days" video from the album Escaping Shadows
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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five With Benny Reid

Read "Take Five With Benny Reid" reviewed by AAJ Staff


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. ...

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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 lone cover ...

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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 ...


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