Steve Reynolds

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  • Birthday 04/25/1960

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  • Gender Male
  • Location Wayne, NJ
  • Interests music of all sorts that gets my heart pumping, live improvisational music, Car auctions on TV, Red Sox & Patriots

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  1. The All Things Van Morrison Thread

    Yes no matter what they think. Add professional athletes to the top of that list.
  2. RIP Stanley Crouch

    I’ve told this story before On my first visit (one of only a few) to the Jazz Standard I think in 2009 to see Bobby Bradford with his group including David Murray, Marty Ehrlich, Mark Dresser & Andrew Cyrille, Stanley took one of the last seats sitting directly across from me at one of the small front tables on the left. I think he was there as he had a relationship with Murray and/or Bradford. I had never seen him before or since at any of the hundreds of shows I’ve attended in NYC I’ve the years which is very much not surprising. He had long since stopped listening to anything outside of what he deemed meaningful. As we know he spent decades demeaning music that he had stopped listening to and therefore had no idea of the new music being played since the early to mid 80’s. As the band played he seemed more interested in his dinner (but who knows) but when Ehrlich & Dresser engages in what was pretty easily the most “out“ and by a margin the most exciting and engaging playing of the set - with all due respect to Bradford who played very well that night - I thought Stanley was gonna strain his neck turning to hear who was playing the most magnificent b-flat clarinet and double bass he had probably heard in 20 years. and although I was thinking of engaging with him after the set, I smartly decided to go on my way my friends often encourage me not to speak poorly of the dead so I will now move on here as well.... Comin’ On, baby
  3. Modern/Avant New Releases: A running thread

    Two of the somewhat recent Fundacja SLUCHAJ releases with Martin Kuchen sound amazing on first listen Noobject with Rafal Mazur & Vasco Trilla Sumpflegende with Ferran Faces, Alex Reviriego & Vasco Trilla the former is a bit more typical free jazz like - the inclusion of the great Rafal Mazur takes it to a high level. Kuchen is great as always.
  4. Ambrose Akinmusire

    I agree with your comments regarding Evans. He is lacking in self editing and restraint. He is awesome as a foil to a saxophonist like Amado or Parker. the playing on the Muthspiel is fine (I feel the same way about the other 4 band members) but the music is not anywhere near my point(s) of interest. Too much restraint, maybe
  5. sad reality is the great little small rooms that I’ve been watching and hearing the greatest improvising musicians play in over the past 25 years or so will be very last places that can safely open. Just a matter of fact. my dream remains that this happens - hopefully within a year or so I miss the musicians and their shows as much as food and water on some days - of course it is just a feeling but my heart goes out to all of the mad geniuses that I’ve NEVER taken for granted in being blessed to be able to witness. Many of these sets of music have been highlights of my adult life. Experiences beyond the realm of beauty and wonder. I could mention dozens of concerts over the years that were musically life altering experiences including the last few I attended this past January through March 2nd this year. so yes I miss it madly and I’m pretty damn sure the musicians miss it much much more than that - so when it’s safe there will be some rooms to see and hear Mat, Randy & Tony among many others because as much as I miss all my musical heroes playing in those great small rooms in NYC, the three I miss more than any of the others are Mat Maneri, Randy Peterson & Tony Malaby. Not just because at their peaks they’ve excited and moved me beyond words maybe more than any of the multitude of improvising masters, but because of their wonderous spirits and their love of the music and and their love of the dedicated listeners and their fellow musical warriors. Get Ready to Receive Yourself
  6. Ambrose Akinmusire

    I’ve only heard bits & pieces but I’m much more interested in other more abstract modern day trumpeters like Susana Santos Silva, Nate Wooley, Axel Doerner, Taylor Ho Bynum, Peter Evans, Josh Berman, Kirk Knuffke, Stephen Haynes, Purcy Pursglove or even the great 80 year old Joe McPhee on his pocket trumpet. Not sure what all the buzz is all about exactly... Standing on a Whale Fishing for Minnows
  7. The Grateful Dead Dark Star

    2/18/71 show is a 16 track live recording - only the 5 minute “Beautiful Jam” from the Dark Star has been previously released.
  8. Issues with Paypal

    I agree with Allen & Chuck
  9. Modern/Avant New Releases: A running thread

    Streaming On Tidal: Fracture Mechanics right in my wheelhouse for this sort of stuff. Some quieter portions but no limits on wildness while still having a measured approach with restraint which gives much of this ultra abstract improvised music such power and tensile qualities. Martin Kuchen adapts well to this type of music and anything I’ve heard with Burkhard Beins has been worth hearing.
  10. Modern/Avant New Releases: A running thread

    Digging in to the Astral Spirits catalogue too bad about the cassette & vinyl only as I’ll be buying up almost all the CD releases. Starting with my first listen to Interpersonal Subjectivities this AM also have the wondrous 2 CD set with our own Alexander Hawkins, Watts, Moholo-Moholo & also our very own Karl Evangelista plus I received the trio with Brandon Seabrook, Cooper-Moore & Gerald Cleaver - plus they sent me a bonus - a quartet that includes Daniel Carter, Brandon Lopez & Marc Edwards - led by Colin Fisher - not familiar with him - might be a bit too straight free jazz for my sweet spot - but a nice gift and Lopez is a favorite younger bassist who I’ve seen live a few times over the past few years and he’s marvelous. He’s almost 40 but still a bit younger than many. Glad this label is featuring all sorts of known and unknown to me musicians the first Above sounding as exciting as this sort of stuff gets - guitar, tenor & drums - one of my favorite combinations of instrumentation when there is a good guitarist. This Tetuzi Akiyama sounds like my type of abstract layer making dude that I love. very impressed with Nicolas Field on drums and Gregor Vidic is an understated yet powerful force on tenor. Very excited to revisit this often.
  11. Modern/Avant New Releases: A running thread

    Some of the seemingly odd Relative Pitch releases are the best. Top of the list for me is Bind the Hands that Feed with Michael Foster, Katherine Young & Michael Zerang. The one with Thollem Electric & Rob Mazurek is also great. The catalogue is strong throughout - but I can do without the excess of Ingrid/Tom duos. even the straighter free jazz stuff is not quite in the center and you might like most of it more than you think you will. Kevin Reilly has good ears.
  12. Modern/Avant New Releases: A running thread

    Thanks I’m a sure yes on the first one with Lazro & Zingaro & the second with Ninh - he’s extraordinary. I do like austere stuff so I’ll probably investigate some of the more recent releases as well. there is an excellent recent release with Ninh on relative pitch that you might be interested in. That local NYC label has some releases that would be of interest to you.
  13. Modern/Avant New Releases: A running thread

    Thanks for this. Some very enticing looking recordings. Any BIG favorites you would recommend? I’ve been aware of the label for years and I might have 1 or 2 discs that were sent to me years ago but I’ve not investigated their catalogue. no doubt I’ll be placing an order some time next month for a few of these titles
  14. Sonny Rollins "Rollins In Holland: 1967 Studio And Live Recordings"

    Plus it’s got Han Bennink on it. One of the greatest drummers alive then and now and in between.