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Steve Reid Ensemble: Daxaar

Read "Daxaar" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Tornato negli anni più recenti all'attenzione di critica e pubblico, in particolare grazie alla collaborazione con il musicista elettronico Kieran Hebden [Fourtet] [leggi la recensione di The Exchange Sessions Voll. 1 & 2], l'ormai sessantenne batterista Steve Reid ha un rapporto speciale con l'Africa. Dopo avere debuttato giovanissimo dietro i tamburi di Martha & The Vandellas ...


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Steve Reid Ensemble: Daxaar

Read "Daxaar" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Forty years have passed since drummer Steve Reid journeyed for three years in Africa, learning the roots of rhythm with master percussionist Guy Warren and in the band of Fela Kuti. For Steve Reid, returning to the continent of rhythm to record Daxaar in Senegal is no mere nostalgia trip: “The first time I went to ...


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Steve Reid Ensemble: Daxaar

Read "Daxaar" reviewed by Chris May

At age 62, most people are slowing down a little, taking fewer risks and carefully pre-planning their activities. Not so Steve Reid. The Bronx-born drummer, whose recording debut, aged 19, was on Martha & The Vandellas' iconic “Dancing In The Street," and who went on to work with many of the “new thing" movers and shakers ...


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Steve Reid Ensemble: Spirit Walk

Read "Spirit Walk" reviewed by Chris May

An uber-visceral, trance-centric celebration of Great Black Music ancient-to-modern--mixing up free improv, Afrobeat, the astral jazz of Pharoah Sanders and Alice Coltrane, North African Sufi music, early '70s electric Miles, chicken shack B3 grooves, Gil Scott Heron and the Last Poets, and more, all of it laced with real time electronica--Spirit Walk is serious mindbending business, ...


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