Steve Reid / Jan 29, 1944 - Apr 13, 2010

Steve Reid was an underrated jazz drummer for decades who finally enjoyed some limelight with his late-life collaboration with Kieran "Four Tet" Hebden. He got his start in the Apollo Theater house band working with Quincy Jones. After serving time as a draft-resister, he played in his own ensembles, as well as albums, concerts or sessions with Ornette Coleman, James Brown, Sun Ra, Fela Kuti, Jimi Hendrix, Horace Silver, Dionne Warwick, Randy Weston and others. He also did jams at John Coltrane's house, played in stage bands and on Motown sessions ("Dancing In The Streets", "Heat Wave"). He worked on a later Miles Davis album and made four acclaimed albums with Hebden.

Here is the audio for a WFMU live collaboration between Reid and Hebden:

A classic from Steve's own group:

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