Steve Reid (drums)

Steve Reid, born January 29, 1944, died April 13, 2010. He was an American jazz drummer. He played with a variety of artists, including Miles Davis and Ornette Coleman. Reid began drumming when he was 16 years old. His family later moved to Queens in New York, just three blocks from John Coltrane. He was a member of the Apollo Theatre House Band before he attended Adelphi University in Garden City. His first recording (aged 16), was with Martha and the Vandellas under the guidance of Quincy Jones. Reid was a part of some of the most prominent names in jazz and black music including Sun Ra, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman and Ornette Coleman (on the album Tutu). Reid refused to register in 1969 for the draft of Vietnam War troops. He was arrested as a conscientious objectionr and sentenced to four years in prison at Pennsylvania’s Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary. There he served with Jimmy Hoffa. Reid was released on parole in 1971 and found work as a session musician with Dionne Warwick’s, Horace Silver’s, Sun Ra, Charles Tyler, Sun Ra, and Freddie Hubbard. He also did some Broadway stage production work. Reid founded the Legendary Master Brotherhood in 1974 and his own label Mustevic Sound Inc. In his later years, Reid lived in Europe (Lugano in Switzerland) and recorded several albums for labels like Soul Jazz in London, UK and CPR in Germany. His last releases were based on Reid’s own ensemble, Chuck Henderson (soprano and tenor saxophones; Lena Bloch was the previous saxophonist), Boris Netsvetaev, (piano; living at Hamburg, Germany) u0026 Chris Lachotta, (double-bass; residing in Munich, Germany). The Exchange Session Vol. was released in 2006 by Reid and electronic musician Kieran HEBDEN. 1. The exchange session vol. was the result of their initial collaboration. 2 (2006), Tongues (2008), and NYC (2008). Reid described Hebden, his “musical soul mate”, in an interview about the collaborations. Reid, who was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2010, died in New York on April 13, 2010. From Wikipedia

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