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A brilliant debut effort for the Concord label, Findings showcases the compositional talent of alto sax player Benny Reid. An attentive ear for extended compositional structure is a move in the same direction as many younger, talented composers such as pianist Hiromi Uehara, and a talent for creating soundscapes reflect a musical maturity rarely found in players ten years his senior. The feel and overall sound of the album brings to mind Pat Metheny's work with Lyle Mays, and the devotion to setting a groove with a simple rhythmic riff on the piano, bass or guitar is reminiscent of Avishai Cohen. It is satisfying to note that Reid chooses to utilize the guitar or piano in the way a horn section would be used in a larger group setting, with the guitar doubling the lead a la Mike Stern, playing harmonies or acting in concert with the rest of the section to produce a response to the alto's call. This rhythm section is highly arranged, and adds tremendously to the total impact of the album. It comes as no surprise to anyone who has met Benny, but all the playing on this album is top-notch, and I, for one, am eagerly awaiting his next release.


There is some serious energy flowing through the sax of Benny Reid! The ebb and flow of this CD is something really special and I can't get enough of it. Transient Melody is a pure taste of the Truth. Love this CD!

Absolutely Fantastic!

Great to see a fresh new face in the jazz scene, especially who composes his own music! This CD really tells a story and it's soothing to hear the vocals intertwined throughout the melodic sax riffs. Can't wait for the next album!


Born: October 7, 1980 in Westfield, NJ

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s

Alto saxophonist Benny Reid is a forward-thinking jazz musician with a bent toward mixing expansive post-bop improvisation with atmospheric contemporary jazz composition. Born in Westfield, NJ, in 1980, Reid was encouraged to listen to jazz from a young age. His jazz aficionado parents introduced Reid to the music of such iconic artists as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and others. Taking up the saxophone in the second grade, Reid played all through high school and eventually studied music at Indiana...
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