Rufus Reid Quintet – The Gait Keeper {Sunnyside}

Rufus Reid Quintet – The Gait Keeper {Sunnyside}


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AllMusic Review by Ken Dryden

Rufus Reid has long been acknowledged as one of the first call bassists in jazz, but he has recorded sparingly as a leader, aside from three earlier dates for Sunnyside, two duo releases with bassist Michael Moore, and some jointly led sessions with drummer Akira Tana. This quintet date remedies this oversight, and also gives listeners an opportunity to explore Reid’s work as a composer and arranger at a greater length.

Reid is accompanied by an excellent group, which consists of tenor saxophonist Rich Perry, trumpeter and flugelhornist Fred Hendrix, pianist John Stetch, and drummer Montez Coleman. The unusual structure of his driving opener, “The Meddler,” seems to project instrumentally about the headaches of dealing with a non-stop busybody; Reid’s fluid lines underscore each of the soloists’ in this catchy work. “Ode to Ray” is obviously a tribute to the great bassist Ray Brown, who died suddenly just a few weeks prior to the making of this recording.

The title track is an extended work that constantly shifts its focus to keep the players on edge. “Seven Minds,” composed by another great bassist, the late Sam Jones, showcases Reid’s formidable bowing technique in its introduction, with the group joining him as he switches back to playing pizzicato. Highly recommended.

01. The Meddler (8:31)
02. Ode to Ray (6:10)
03. Whims of the Bluebird (10:09)
04. Falling in Love (7:51)
05. The Gait Keeper (10:50)
06. You Make Me Smile (7:09)
07. Celestial Dance (6:40)
08. Seven Minds (8:05)

Rufus Reid – bass
Fred Hendrix – trumpet, flugelhorn
Rich Perry – tenor saxophone
John Stetch – piano
Montez Coleman – drums

All compositions by Rufus Reid, except track #4 by Victor Feldman and track #8 by Sam Jones

Produced by Rufus Reid
Executive Producer: Francois Zalacain
Recorded July 31, 2002 and August 1, 2002
Mixed by David Kowalski on December 21&22, 2002 at Bennett Studios, Englewood, NJ
Mastered by A.T. Michael MacDonald on January 6, 2003 at AlgoRhythms, New York, NY
Art Direction/Design/Photography: Christopher Drukker

2003, Tanareid Productions, Inc.
Licensed to Sunnyside Communications, Inc.

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