See Magazine Review by Don Berner
The Bass Man Cometh
One of jazz’s living legends, Rufus Reid hits the Yardbird this month.
Published October 8, 2010 by Don Berner in Music Preview
Rufus Reid is Awesome. Make no mistakes he is one of THE remaining living legends in jazz, having shared the stage with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Stitt, Art Farmer, Stan Getz, and Mel Lewis and written the jazz players bible (The Evolving Bassist). He’ll be finishing up the Yardbird Suite’s October lineup (11 Tommy Banks way) on Oct.30 with his “Out Front Trio”, an ensemble that’s been performing together since only 2007 and comprised of bandmates Steve Allee on piano and Duduka Du Fonesca at the drum kit.
“I’d known Duduka for 25 years and had kept threatening to have us play together but we just never got around to it for a variety of reasons until three years ago, when we played a gig together in San Antonio,” Reid says. “They’d requested my quintet but didn’t quite have the budget to make it work so I suggested this trio. I’d performed many times with Steve as part of the faculty for Jamey Aebersold’s jazz workshop and when the three of us finally got together we just had such special chemistry that we needed to have this project continue.”
The group put out their first recording Out Front to rave reviews, and unlike many similar jazz ensembles is a band in the truest sense of the word, with each of the members contributing compositions.
“We made sure each of us had three tunes on the first album alongside some standards, and we’ve all contributed material to our new album, ” Reid says.
The album they’re currently touring however is an exquisite trek in to modern and straight ahead jazz.
There are a number of swing numbers as well as more angular latin fare like the track “Dona Maria,” with it’s groove imposing bass line and sophisticated harmonies. All the members of the trio are prolific composers, doing commissions for everything from concert bands, to jazz bands to orchestras. Reid himself has a fairly pragmatic view of composing, stating “If you’re always waiting for the lightning bolt from the divine you’re just going to die.”
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