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Mike Reed

Mike Reed (b. Bielefeld, Germany May 26, 1974) is a musician, composer, bandleader and arts presenter based in Chicago. Over the last two decades he has emerged as a dominant force within Chicago’s diverse artistic community, both through the music he makes and the live events he produces. In addition to leading or co-leading several working bands, all rooted deeply in jazz and improvised music, he’s founding director of the Pitchfork Music Festival, the current programming chair of the Chicago Jazz Festival, and the owner and director of the acclaimed performing arts venue Constellation. He is a devoted cultural advocate committed to providing platforms for artistic expression unhindered by commercial pressures

The Weather Up There

Label: Northern Spy Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Sleep; 1985; All I Know; It's Nothing; The Breaks; Hike; Elegy; Return These Tides; The Weather Up There; He Pushes Up.

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Charles Rumback: Singing Structures of Rhythm

Read "Charles Rumback: Singing Structures of Rhythm" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Versatility, personality and musical empathy are qualities that a modern drummer needs, and Charles Rumback has them in abundance. Based in Chicago, Rumback has accompanied adventurous singer/songwriters like Caleb Willitz, Steve Dawson and Ryley Walker, played jazzy electronica with Colorlist and explored the classic format of the piano trio with bassist John Tate and pianist Jim ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazztopad 2019

Read "Jazztopad 2019" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Vincent Courtois Trio Witold Lutoslawski National Forum of Music, Mleczarnia Club Jazztopad Wroclaw November 21-24, 2019 On my arrival in Wroclaw, on the way to the reverend National Forum of Music (NFM), the first familiar face I met in the street was Mateusz Rybicki, a musician that has ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Dave & McClenty's Road Trip, More Newk, A Vault Deep Dive & More

Read "Dave & McClenty's Road Trip, More Newk, A Vault Deep Dive & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Getting you revved up for Dave Stryker & McClenty Hunter visiting southern Louisiana (October 22nd at Chorum Hall in Baton Rouge; Oct 23rd at the Sandbar @ UNO and Oct 24th at Snug Harbor in New Orleans). Our Sonny Rollins celebration continues with tracks from Sonny Rollins + 4 (with Clifford Brown & Max Roach). And ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Nature Work: Nature Work

Read "Nature Work" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Jason Stein and Greg Ward are two stalwart Chicago musicians who continually stretch boundaries and search for new experiences. Stein, a devotee of the bass clarinet, maintains two trios, Hearts & Minds (with Paul Giallorenzo and Chad Taylor) and Locksmith Isador (with Jason Roebke and Mike Pride), plus his quartet with Joshua Abrams, Keefe Jackson, and ...

John Dikeman And The Origin Of The Species

Read "John Dikeman And The Origin Of The Species" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If we were to go searching for saxophonist John Dikeman's spirit animal, we might have to bypass beast for sapien. Let's just say his spirit animal is the father of punk, Iggy Pop. Like early music by The Stooges, Dikeman's sound makes reference to the music of both Albert Ayler and Pharoah Sanders. It's a shame ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Mike Reed's Flesh & Bone Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam

Read "Mike Reed's Flesh & Bone Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam" reviewed by BIMHUIS

Mike Reed's compositions for Flesh & Bone are both deeply personal and brimming with hope. They represent his expressions of feeling about social unrest, racism and resurgent nationalism. On his eponymous album, the Chicago-based musician recollects harrowing memories of a confrontation with far-right protesters on a train journey with his band through Eastern Europe. For this ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mike Reed: Flesh & Bone

Read "Flesh & Bone" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Pur essendo basata su un'esperienza drammatica del 2009, che vide il quartetto di Mike Reed a problematico e pericoloso contatto con una manifestazione neonazista nella Repubblica Ceca, la musica contenuta in questo Flesh & Bone mantiene le caratteristiche di esuberanza ottimista ed estroversione che distinguono la produzione del batterista, in primo luogo quella pluriennale di People, ...

Flesh & Bone

Label: 482 Music
Released: 2017
Track listing: Voyagers; First Reading: SF Sky; Conversation Music; A Separatist Party; The Magic Drum; My Imaginary Friend (Tyshawn Sorey); I Want to Be Small: for Archibald Motley; Second Reading: Me Day; Watching the Boats; Call of Tomorrow (My Life Up Until the Present); Scenes From the Next Life.


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