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Rufus Reid Releases Digital Edition of “The Evolving Bassist”
Sheet Music & Instruction

Rufus Reid Releases Digital Edition of “The Evolving Bassist”

Rufus Reid’s instructional book “The Evolving Bassist” has been the benchmark for jazz bass education for decades. After releasing a Millennium Edition in 2000, the book is now available in a digital format for the first time.

Rufus Reid with Sullivan Fortner: Always in the Moment
Bass Videos

Rufus Reid with Sullivan Fortner: Always in the Moment

Rufus Reid has a new duo album coming with pianist Sullivan Fortner on the vinyl-only label Newvelle Records. Luckily, the company also captured video of some of the recording session.

Frank Kimbrough Releases “Monk’s Dreams” with Rufus Reid
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Frank Kimbrough Releases “Monk’s Dreams” with Rufus Reid

2017 marked the centennial of the influential jazz pianist Thelonious Monk’s birth. Frank Kimbrough has celebrated the occasion by releasing an incredible six-disc album called Monk’s Dreams that features performances of all 70 of the late legend’s compositions. “The recordings form a fantastically diverse collection,” the liner notes read. “On the six-CD set, Monk’s compositions are played in various configurations,...

Live Ted Nash Quintet Album Features Rufus Reid
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Live Ted Nash Quintet Album Features Rufus Reid

Saxophonist Ted Nash has released Live At Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, which marks his first live album in 25 years. Wielding the sax, clarinet, flute, and piccolo, the jazz composer gets to show off his improv chops in a smaller ensemble (opposed to his big band charts) with his close musical friends. Legendary bassist Rufus Reid anchors the album. “It was...

Rufus Reid’s Out Front Trio: Come Rain or Come Shine
Bass Videos

Rufus Reid’s Out Front Trio: Come Rain or Come Shine

Rufus Reid has a vibe on bass that will fill an entire room. Check out this video of his Out Front trio performing the jazz standard “Come Rain or Come Shine” live at Dizzy’s and you’ll see what I mean. Reid’s distinct tone and cooler-than-cool phrasing sets the tone as he plays the melody and supports pianist Steve Allee before...

Rufus Reid Honors Elizabeth Catlett with “Quiet Pride”
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Rufus Reid Honors Elizabeth Catlett with “Quiet Pride”

Music and sculpture combine in renowned jazz bassist Rufus Reid’s five-movement composition, , based on five sculptures by artist Elizabeth Catlett. Each movement of the piece, written for a large jazz ensemble (including Reid on bass), corresponds to a sculpture by Catlett, the late African-American artist (she died in April 2012 at age 96) whose grandparents on both sides were...

2013 ISB Convention Headliners to Include Victor Wooten, Ron Carter
Events

2013 ISB Convention Headliners to Include Victor Wooten, Ron Carter

The International Society of Bassists’ biennial convention is set for June 2nd through June 8th, 2013 at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and this year promises to be another great get-together. The week-long bass hang features over 200 events for bassists of all walks, including clinics, classical and jazz competitions, bass making competitions, performances and more....

Rufus Reid Releases “Hues of a Different Blue”
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Rufus Reid Releases “Hues of a Different Blue”

Jazz bassist Rufus Reid has teamed up once again with pianist Steve Allee and drummer Duduka Da Fonseca for Hues of a Different Blue, a 14-track album that also features the talents of saxophonists JD Allen and Bobby Watson, trumpeter Freddie Hendrix, and Brazilian guitarist Toninho Horta. The songs are a nice combination of Reid’s originals with standards mixed in,...

Rufus Reid Debuting New Orchestral Work In 2011
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Rufus Reid Debuting New Orchestral Work In 2011

Over the summer, Rufus Reid attended a workshop at Columbia University called the Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute, which he later recalled the highlight of his year that far. After proving time and again his mastery of writing for the small ensemble, Reid decided it was time to build his large ensemble composition chops. The workshop was so successful for him...

Rufus Reid Announces “Out Front” Fall 2010 Tour
Concerts & Tours

Rufus Reid Announces “Out Front” Fall 2010 Tour

Jazz bassist Rufus Reid has announced a Fall 2010 tour in support of his latest album, Out Front, which he released in March of this year. Rufus will be making his way around the west coast, starting in Canada and working his way down to San Diego, CA. The tour features the same trio from the album, with Steve Allee...

Events

Bass Coalition Announces Summer Workshop and Solo Competition

The Bass Coalition has announced their first annual Summer Workshop to be hosted at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia on June 24th through the 26th. Included in the workshop events is the live round of the Bass Coalition Solo Competition, in which the first place winner receives a prize of $1000, thanks to sponsor Shank Strings. The three day summer...

New Albums

Rufus Reid Releases New Album, “Out Front”

Motema Music just released Rufus Reid’s new album, Out Front. The album features Reid in a piano trio setting, with pianist Steve Allee and drummer Duduka Da Fonseca. “Out Front suggests several connotations,” Rufus explains. “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...