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Artist: Steve Reid
Steve Reid - Nova CD
Label: Universal Sound
Regular Price: $16.95
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Year: 2001
Format: CD


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"This classic album of deep jazz was originally released in 1976. Steve Reid is one of the featured artists on Soul Jazz Records Universal Sounds of America alongside The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Sun Ra and Pharoah Sanders. Steve Reid has played with, amongst others, Freddie Hubbard, Jackie McLean, Dionne Warwicke, Archie Shepp, Chief Bey, Olatunji, Arthur Blythe, Lester Bowie, Dextor Gordon, Gary Bartz, James Brown, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Sam Rivers, Leon Thomas, Fela Kuti, Fats Domino, Miles Davis, Sun Ra, Lonnie Smith, Horace Silver! He has played in the house band at Harlem's Apollo Theatre, accompanying artists such as James Brown, as well as playing in Sun Ra's Arkestra! At the start of the 1970s Steve Reid started his own label, Mustevic Sound, on which he released four LPs of which this is one. Self-produced, self-distributed, these records are classic examples of radical thought, both musical and ethical. The concepts of self-determination, spiritual conciousness and musical questioning had become central themes to Jazz musicians ever since the arrival of, on the one hand, John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman, and on the other, Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. As a conscientious objector to Vietnam, Steve Reid spent two years in jail at the end of the sixties. Self-determination became, both politically and musically, became a key factor for many radical Jazz musicians. Artists such as Albert Ayler, Archie Shepp, Sun Ra, Pharoah Sanders all had similar inspiration. Musical collectives such as The Art Ensemble Of Chicago, Tribe (in Detroit), BAG(Black Artists Group) in St Louis all arrived as a means of making music with a different agenda. At the same time independent labels began to release this music; Nessa, Tribe, ESP, Strata-East. As a whole these labels tried to reflect the radical ideas connected with the music in the way the labels were run with many being self-distributed on a small scale. Steve Reid's label, Mustevic sound was one such label. Steve's musical life has taken many turns since this record was originally released at the beginning of the1970s. This record is a snapshot of that period. Steve Reid is a living example of an artist who has kept true to their musical spirit. He has lived a life within music for over forty years and is still playing. Asked if his son plays an instrument, he replied that, yes, he sometimes drums for some Hip-Hop group called NWA."
Steve Reid (drums); Ahmed Abdullah (trumpet); Luis Angel Falcon (acoustic bass); Joe Rigby (sorpano, alto, tenor sax); Les Walker (acoustic and electric piano); Richard Williams (fender bass)
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