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. Favorite Jazz Concerts of 2017

    1) Tony Malaby, Daniel Levin & Randy Peterson - late October @ Firehouse in New Haven, CT 2) Tim Berne’s Snakeoil - late Summer in Newburgh, NY 3) Ches Smith Trio with Craig Taborn & Mat Maneri - 12/20 @ The Stone 4) William Parker Quartet with Rob Brown, Cooper-Moore & Hamid Drake - early summer @ Shapeshifter Labs in Brooklyn, NY 5) Nu Band with Mark Whitecage, Thomas Heberer, Joe Fonda & Lou Grassi - late Winter in NYC might have missed some but these were all stellar to amazing
  2. The Grateful Dead Dark Star

    Not thrilled. Dave’s 22 from December 1971 was meh at best. They should have at least picked 12/15/71 which includes a Dark Star
  3. Favorite New & New-to-You Recordings of 2017

    For jazz/free improvisation the following are favorites - all new to me and 90% are late 2016 or 2017 releases: Jaimie Branch: Fly or Die Chicago/London Underground: A Night Walking Through Mirrors David S Ware Trio: Live in New York - Blue Note Nu Band: Live in Geneva - Heberer & Whitecage are great here Daniele D’Agaro Trio: Disorder at the Border Liudas Mockunas with Rafal Mazur & Raymond Strid: Live at Divadlo 29 Red Trio with John Butcher: Summer Skyshift Jones Jones: Moscow Improvisations By quite a bit the best thing I’ve heard is Tensegrity - 4 CD box of Barry Guy’s Blue Shroud Band in small formations - improvisations
  4. What live music are you going to see tonight?

    Great to see that Steve Potts is still playing. I loved his playing with Steve Lacy.
  5. Sunny Murray

    Very glad that I had the opportunity to see the great man once I think I remember when I first really heard him on record - I think it was on Jump Up with Jimmy Lyons & John Lindberg. Then I realize he was doing that fee time thing in 1962 when no other drummer had ever approached that sort of free thing. To my ears the most relaxed and coolest drummer in the world. Plus those cymbals? Who does that?? No one by Sunny
  6. Mars Williams presents an Ayler xmas

    I’ll should be at the Newburgh show. Nice venue. I was at the Tim Berne Snakeoil show a couple of months ago.
  7. What live music are you going to see tonight?

    Enjoy - dream band with the *great* Joe McPhee joining the long standing awe-inspiring trio...
  8. What live music are you going to see tonight?

    King Crimson in Allentown, PA
  9. The Grateful Dead Dark Star

    Love the 5/10/78 show from the first 2 discs of Dick’s Picks 25
  10. How about the majority of the Not Two Records catalogue?
  11. Wynton Marsalis

    I used to think there was no way Fall 72 Grateful Dead was much different than Spring 73 Dead even though the band had the same 6 members and the set lists were similar. Until I listened more closely over the years, that is. In fact I used to think the whole idea that Dead Heads liked or thought of eras by time frames as distinct like Fall 71 vs Spring 72 or even supposed vast differences between Spring 77 & Fall 78 was thoroughly insane. Sounded crazy. Once I’ve immersed myself in it, I’ve found it all to be true. Real changes from even April 78 to July 78. Forget about the difference between 1970 & 1972. same applies to improvised music - I understand the merlot analogy but many of these “free jazz” bands don’t even have saxophones. Look up Jaimie Branch’s Fly or Die. You wouldn’t even call it free jazz. Or Harris Eisenstadt’s nonet I saw earlier this year with Instrumentation and an approach far from anything thought of as free jazz/free music.
  12. Wynton Marsalis

    Yes it has!! The actual music being made on the “margins” has almost always been the most fascinating to me. So different yet seemingly the same but it’s not. Somehow if one is not ensconced I this music, it can all blend together. You will have trust me that when I first saw the Tom Rainey trio with Mary & Ingrid I think in 2011 that it was really very exciting and very new. As good as Laubrock is, the singular unique abilities of both Mary & Tom made and make that improvising trio “sing” like few others. The combination of a distilled seasoned player like Rainey with a younger melodically based experimental guitarist like Mary melded a trio into a sui generis band with it's own voice. Will they be genre defining? Of course not and neither will the somewhat similar somewhat cooperative trio mentioned above - Ches Smith’s trio with Maneri & Taborn. That trio also has 2 very unique voices - one older - Mat and Ches is, of course, a contemporary of Mary’s. Band filled out by one the great pianists of our time, Craig Taborn but to my ears, it’s the other 2 who take a fine trio and make it an incandescent one.
  13. Wynton Marsalis

    Thanks for this post. Certainly the Rempis Percussion Quartet is expanding on previous/existing musical forms. No way to listen to this and think I’ve heard something like it before. Whatever Haker Flaten is doing on bass on the last release is something I’ve never heard before. Fly or Die is a striking 35 minute new piece of assembled music that is at least stunning in it’s vibrancy. I know again I’ve not heard other music of this sort. Even Tomeka Reid’s more straightforward quartet with Mary Halvorson, Jason Roebke & Tomas Fujiwara is music that would not or could not have existed 10 or 15 years ago. How about Max Johnson’s The Prisoner with Ingrid Laubrock & Mat Maneri also with Fujiwara? Taylor Ho Bynum’s Triple Double with the 2 guitar, 2 trumpet/cornet & 2 drummer line-up? Ches Smith’s most recent These Arches needs to be recorded with Herb Robertson & Devin Hoff on electric bass. I saw this band on 10/1/2016 and is was brand new grooving out there creative music. Herb Robertson remains one of the great underheard voices on trumpet this music has ever had. Same can be said for the amazing Ches Smith trio with Craig Taborn & Mat Maneri. They are astounding live and I’ll hopefully see their one set (boo for the new 1 set booking) at The Stone on 12/20. Last Friday I experienced 2 sets from the new cooperative trio of Daniel Levin, Tony Malaby & Randy Peterson. Fierce powerful escatic almost hyper manic insect music with Malaby as strong as I’ve heard him in a few years on both tenor & soprano. This is just a bit of the stuff I’m familiar with and I don’t listen to this music nearly as much as I once did / so to my ears the wide array of the unfortunately named “free jazz” is alive and well and new from the creative perspective.
  14. What live music are you going to see tonight?

    Going to see Robert Fripp & Company on 11/11 in Allentown, PA