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Reggie Nicholson


The instantly recognizable style and sound of Reggie Nicholson has elevated him to one of the most distinctive, inventive and inspirational drummer/percussionist of his generation; a formidable technician, but one who uses his considerable skills constructively and with infinite taste.

​Born in Chicago, his drum concept fitted perfectly the needs of many extraordinary Chicago musicians. Nicholson first gained a reputation as a drummer and percussionist in his hometown of Chicago. A Southside native, he’s a graduate of Cornell Elementary, where he was playing drums for the “Area A Band” of exceptional music students and Hirsch High School, as a concert band percussionist. He then made good use of a 4-year music scholarship to Chicago State University’s percussion program.  During his early days before moving to NYC, Nicholson worked around Chicago with many great musicians, and performed regularly at the famous South side organ club, The Other Place. An active member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) since 1979, Nicholson has absorbed the organization's musical influences to compose and improvise original music.


No Preservatives Added

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Time to Reset; Sometimes I Wonder; Umoja; Remote Distance; Di Ba Do; Road Runner; Suite Moments; Land of the Contrasts; Unquestionable; Say It Ain't So.


Molten Gold

Label: Fundacja Słuchaj!
Released: 2023
Track listing: CD1: Warming Up; Liquid. CD2: Aqua Regia; Gravity.


Article: Album Review

Ivo Perelman: Molten Gold

Read "Molten Gold" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Saxophonist Ivo Perelman is a restless innovator, and his recorded output is as inventive as it is prolific. On the exhilarating Molten Gold he explores a new sonic texture by playing with the equally idiosyncratic trombonist Ray Anderson. In addition to Anderson, the quartet includes another Chicago native, drummer Reggie Nicholson who developed his unique sound ...


Article: Album Review

Ivo Perelman: Molten Gold

Read "Molten Gold" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

A tactile, umbilical cord tension binds you to the slithery movements advanced on Molten Gold, the umpteenth in a slew of hard-core free jazz releases, one of them being the twelve disc set Reed Rapture In Brooklyn (Mahakala, 2022), from the generative mind and horn of saxophonist Ivo Perelman. Recorded at ParkWest Studio by Jim Clouse, ...


Article: Album Review

Ivo Perelman / Ray Anderson / Joe Morris / Reggie Nicholson: Molten Gold

Read "Molten Gold" reviewed by Chris May

Lovingly described by one critic as “a leather-lunged monster," reviews of saxophonist Ivo Perelman's albums typically attract words such as honking, squawking, squealing and apocalyptic. Perelman is not interested in the current vogue for creating safe spaces. He is not the sort of free-improv player one would, in the normal course of things, recommend to AAJers ...


Article: Liner Notes

Reggie Nicholson: No Preservatives Added

Read "Reggie Nicholson: No Preservatives Added" reviewed by Howard Mandel

From cosmic gong signaling it's “Time to Reset" to bluesy combo asking that we “Say It Ain't So," Reggie Nicholson's Percussion Concept on No Preservatives Added makes music of real life and sonic imagination. Beats, breathes, cycles, syncopations and synchronizations--dances, stances, gestures, textures—rhythmic physicality and melodic extrapolation--expressive, engaging improvisations of a masterful team, that proceed by ...


Echoes Of Light

Label: Highest Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Echoes Of Light; Do You Know; Dawn Of A New Man; He's Right There; His Love; Jesus Is; New Life Today


Article: Album Review

Yuko Fujiyama: Quiet Passion

Read "Quiet Passion" reviewed by John Sharpe

American-based Japanese pianist Yuko Fujiyama has recorded sparingly over a 40-year career, so the arrival of Quiet Passion, only the fourth date under her leadership, is an occasion to perk up the ears. Also noteworthy is the unusual instrumentation she has chosen, supplementing her piano with the cornet of Graham Haynes and electronics of Ikue Mori. ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 5

Read "A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 5" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Back to popular demand! Here's some more musical therapy for these trying times, the fifth installment of this popular mix-tape series, featuring selections by Tim Berne, Theo Bleckmann, Stefano Bollani, Tommaso Cappellato, Taylor Ho Bynum, Dominique Fils-Aimé, Mats Gustaffson, Maya Keren, Brad Mehldau, Aaron Parks, Rosa Brunello and Ben Wendel. Happy listening! Stay safe ...


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