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Dirty Show Tunes

Reid Anderson

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Album Review

There isn't a weak track on Reid Anderson's remarkable debut CD. Leading a quartet comprised of Mark Turner on tenor sax, Ethan Iverson on piano, and Jordi Rossy on drums, Anderson constructs a universe of staggering complexity and lofty melodicism. The shape-shifting tempos of "Dirty Showtune," the sizzling grooves and winding melodies of "Kafka," and the sheer difficulty of "Imagination Is Important" — all make it clear that Anderson will go far as a composer and bandleader.

One can tell a lot about a musician from his or her song titles, and Anderson clearly realizes this. His quirky wordplay ("Leaping Greenly Spirits," "I Want You So Bad") not only engages the listener on a visceral level; it also shows that he doesn't take himself too seriously. Anderson's attention to little details like this can serve him well as he strives to stand out in the field of young and more-than-capable jazz musicians. ~ David R. Adler, Rovi

Biography

Born: Minneapolis, MN

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Originally from Minneapolis, Reid Anderson emerged as one of the most promising bassists and composers on the New York jazz scene. He studied classical music at Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music, graduating in 1993. Upon arriving in New York in 1994, he began working with like-minded young players such as Mark Turner, Jorge Rossy, Ethan Iverson, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and Bill McHenry. Anderson has released a number of fine albums on the Fresh Sound/New Talent label, and he co-leads an acclaimed...
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