What’s Spinning for… Rufus Reid

Editor’s note: this is the first of a new series we’re running called “What’s Spinning”. Each week, we’ll check in with bassists to see what they’re listening to and what they’re up to. We hope you enjoy!

This week, Rufus Reid shares the CDs currently spinning in his player, and his take on the recordings.

initiation by by Sumi Tonooka & Erica LindsayInitiation
by Sumi Tonooka & Erica Lindsay
Two incredibly gifted women and their powerful music.

Esta Plena by Miguel ZenónEsta Plena
by Miguel Zenón
A truly gifted musician performing original music inspired by the rhythms of his home land, Puerto Rico.

Ravel: String QuartetRavel: String Quartet
by Maurice Ravel
Written 100 years ago, this brilliant composer and his orchestrations sounds just as fresh today.

Turangalîla Symphony by Olivier MessiaenTurangalîla Symphony
by Olivier Messiaen
Amazing clarity stretching the envelope in every way!

Swiss Jazz Orchestra by Jim McNeely and Paul KleeSwiss Jazz Orchestra
by Jim McNeely and Paul Klee
Jim McNeely, in my opinion, is one of our great jazz composers of our time paying tribute to a Swiss icon, Paul Klee.

About Rufus Reid

Often called a chameleon, Rufus Reid made over 400 recordings over the next decades. The musical prowess he developed over his forty-year career allows him to move with perfect comfort among an array of performance settings. He has performed and recorded with Eddie Harris, Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, Dexter Gordon, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Benny Golson, Jack DeJohnette, J. J. Johnson, Nancy Wilson, and Andrew Hill, to name a few.

Rufus’s The Evolving Bassist is the industry standard of bass methods, in print for over 26 years. Check it out in book and DVD formats.

Be on the lookout for Rufus’s new CD, Out Front, releasing in March on Motéma Music.

For more, check out Rufus’s official web site.

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