Steve Reynolds

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About 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. Health report

    Glad you are now well, Larry I always look forward to your astute musical commentary
  2. Make Improvised music Dumb Again (MIDA)

    Fred Anderson, Kidd Jordan, William Parker & Hamid Drake 2 days in April
  3. Improvising freely

    All my best wishes and fervent hope that you continue to summon the strength to move forward. I believe in the against all odds way of thinking & living. I find that within today’s “out” jazz that besides some interesting combinations of composition & improv, the most striking recordings and live shows are mostly without sheet music. One of the rare examples of the combination in a live setting was Taylor Ho Bynum 9-Tette before the pandemic 2 sets at Jazz Gallery. Astounding. They played the same compositions in each set only in varied order with different segues. The strength of the music was in the margins improvised and invented. In my listening experience over the past 15 years I’ve found the music without charts for the vast majority of the time to be the most explosive and most original. I find that the FIRE is still there and actually if more places were open and more improvising groups/ensembles were playing I’d say I’ve never been more excited about the actual music I love.
  4. What live music are you going to see tonight?

    Fwiw it was the best show I’ve seen since Summer 2018. Astounding. Second set was a whole other level of intensity. Malaby playing at an extraordinary high level. Soprano great but his tenor playing is over the top. Rainey explosive and so imaginative as always. Monder is a unicorn.
  5. What live music are you going to see tonight?

    Tony Malaby, Ben Monder & Tom Rainey fired up
  6. Modern/Avant New Releases: A running thread

    Plus I’ve learned which of his releases/projects are of interest to me. I never liked the Vandermark 5 or his small form improvisations. Neither were or are his strength. He’s a great organizer of sounds and people although there is little humor or levity in his music. But he certainly combines various instruments and modes as well or more uniquely than anyone else I know of who is from the “jazz” tradition. Some of those large ensemble recordings are filled with some real gems.
  7. Modern/Avant New Releases: A running thread

    Listening again to Stammer. This is an incredible recording. Mars & KV are a great combo and all of the amazing collage of electronics and voices is mind bending. Great drumming. Those who are still pigeonholing Vandermark might think about taking a current listen. No one is making music that is anything like this. Picked up the newer Pride of Lions on Rogue Art on 6/22 @ Vision Fest. Wonderful first spin.
  8. What live music are you going to see tonight?

    Vision Fest / day 2 very excited to see & hear some of my favorites for the first time since before the pandemic Hamid & William at the top of the list. I’m sure it will be very emotional for me.
  9. What live music are you going to see tonight?

    Illegal Crowns @ Jazz Gallery in NYC 7:30 & 9:30 sets Taylor Ho Bynum: trumpet/cornet Mary Halvorson: guitar Benoit Delbecq: grand piano Tomas Fujiwara: drums YEAH BABY!!
  10. Modern/Avant New Releases: A running thread

    I love this recording. Fascinating from all perspectives. Some of the previous Momentum releases are also great / especially the 2 & 3 combo double CD. All of these are very abstract and do a great job mixing electronics into KV’s music. Like the best of the Territory band recordings. Vandermark is often criticized but within his huge discography are many gems. Company Switch is the one i think of from the Territory Band. His Resonance Ensemble has a few great records as well. His latest large group’s recording “Entr’Acte” is also tremendous.
  11. Modern/Avant New Releases: A running thread

    The Pride of Lions disc from The Bridge Sessions is extraordinary. Sweet Oranges is close to that. Hoping the new one on Rogue Art comes near the first Pride of Lions recording. Chad Taylor really smokes on the Bridge Session CD. I’m still not much for saxophone duos or trios:)
  12. Modern/Avant New Releases: A running thread

    Don’t forget Mad Dogs & Mad Dogs on the Loose / those earlier boxes feature the New Orchestra which has older more established musicians like Evan Parker, Paul Lytton & Mats Gustafsson, etc. Agusti Fernandez is on On The Loose & the 2 later boxes.
  13. Modern/Avant New Releases: A running thread

    He’s on Barry Guy’s Intensegrity / sister box set to Tensegrity. He replaced Peter Evans who plays on Tensegrity. My 2 favorite improvisation releases of the past 20 years. These are “small formations” of Guy’s Blue Shroud Band. FAR better than the individual CD that is compositionally based. Both are extraordinary from multiple vantage points.
  14. Hank Mobley

    Addiction is a horrible disease
  15. RIP Paul Plimley

    RIP Sir Density of the Lovestruck Demons helped me to learn to listen for the notes that were not there