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Album Review

Fans of the Rippingtons' live performances might be a little miffed at the mellow demeanor of the first solo outing by the band's wildman percussion/soundscapist Steve Reid. But as Reid's liner notes hint, it's his intention to take a journey through the Bamboo Forest, and this is a place of romance, mystery and exotic images, no splashy thunderstorms. Despite expert use of at least a hundred world beat toys, Reid doesn't exactly push his pulse rate past mid range. Rather, he writes thoughtful, cool and fanciful tunes that sort of waft off the disc instead of jump. He often doubles effectively as a synthesist, aiming for mood and texture rather than percussive insanity. The real stars here are the flutes of fellow Ripps Jeff Kashiwa and Sheridon Stokes, tender acoustic guitars by David Patt and Pat Kelley, and provocative vocal jaunts by Bill Cantos and Kevyn Lettau. It's not as exciting a coming out party as might be expected from such a rhythm ace, but Reid's music is often as beautiful as the astounding cover art on this mystical disc.


Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Drummer, bandleader, and composer Steve Reid was born on January 29, 1944 in the South Bronx in New York. He became interested in the drums when he heard Art Blakey playing a dance in his neighborhood. The next day, Reid procured a set of drums via a friend of his mother's and began playing. At the age of 16, Reid was already playing drums in the house band at the legendary Apollo in Harlem, under the direction of Quincy Jones. It was during his tenure there that Martha Reeves & the Vandellas came...
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