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Listen to The Rufus Reid “Out Front” Trio featuring Steve Allee – piano and Duduka Da Fonseca – drums

Rufus Reid - Out Front

TONIGHT – Tuesday, June 29th, at 6:30pm on WBGO 88.3 FM on “The Checkout,” hosted by Josh Jackson

After the broadcast the performance will be archived at The Checkout website – a wonderful site that is well worth your time.

This Weekend, July 2 & 3 – The Kitano
Park Avenue at 38th Street, NYC
The “Out Front” Trio returns to The Kitano with the NYC CD Release for “Out Front” (Motema)!

Reid is the man to call for any musical situation that demands both the utmost skill and impeccable taste…his luscious sound and buoyant swing can levitate an ensemble clear off the bandstand.”- The New Yorker

His work is a virtual catalog of modern bass technique, tempered by his infallible musicianship. The man has taste…he consistently offers up an earthy tone, flawless intonation, and fluid fingerwork. Plus, you can set the clock by his impeccable time.“- DownBeat

“Some bassists stand out for the strength of their walking lines, their fluent technique or their expertise with the bow, or the musicality of their solo conception. Bassist/composer Rufus Reid has all of these covered, and much more. As a bassist, he is the total package. The same can easily be said for his skills as a composer and a bandleader.” – Grammy winning jazz journalist Bob Blumenthal. He has achieved “living legend status” as a man for all genres, and not just for his musical prowess, but because he lights up a stage, a classroom, everyone he meets, and most importantly, audiences around the globe. Not content to simply rest on these laurels, Reid chose to turn his focus towards the goal of excelling as a composer in formats ranging from solo bass to full orchestral scores. In a few short years, this “young” composer has gained major recognition and has landed numerous grants and awards.
His new recording on Motema Music, Out Front (available since March 9, 2010), is further confirmation that there is nothing typical about Rufus Reid, his music or his bands. The title of the recording, and the special camaraderie and chemistry the bassist shares with pianist Steve Allee (Buddy Rich, John Clayton, The Randy Brecker Quartet, David “Fathead” Newman) and drummer Duduka Da Fonseca (Trio Da Paz, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Astrud Gilberto, John Scofield, Lee Konitz, Joe Henderson, Nancy Wilson, Slide Hampton, Kenny Barron, Tom Harrell, amongst many others), is explained here by Reid: Out Frontsuggests several connotations. “In addition to being ‘out front’ as the leader, my playing in this setting is somewhat atypical in that this music stretches far beyond the bebop boundaries for which I have received recognition in the past. The interaction with these uniquely talented gentlemen and the outcome of this music is a direct result of my dedication to my own continuing compositional and harmonic growth and adventurous spirit. It is fueled by my desire to continue to stretch and grow artistically with every original piece I conceive and with every recording I make.” With Out Front, Reid, Allee and Da Fonseca have succeeded in a sonic experience that is likely to leave you with the desire to make repeated visits until the music reveals all the little things that combine to make it so very special.

Rufus Reid

For a musician who has been associated with the likes of Dexter Gordon, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, The Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, Henry Threadgill (and a multitude of other luminaries), and his own groups such as Tanareid (with drummer Akira Tana), Rufus has been extremely fortunate to have experienced these remarkable ensembles in which the chemistry soared to a level exceeding expectation and defying explanation. With a resume as deep and varied as Reid’s one could imagine that it would be difficult for him to find musical encounters that meet these sky-high standards. The trio with Allee and Da Fonseca (which came together originally for just one gig in San Antonio, Texas) not only lived up these standards but in some ways exceeded them.

Every tune on Out Front overflows with exuberance, collectively and individually. Put another way, on this brilliant new recording from Rufus Reid, you can hear and feel their smiles. “By trusting each member of the group to interpret the spirit of each tune, we challenge one another to raise the bar musically and harmonically in each of our performances,” says Reid. “It becomes joyful and that feeling is clearly communicated to the audience.”

..:: Source: Red Cat Publicity ::..