ROB REDDY

Eclectic Fusion / Progressive Big Band / Avant-Garde Jazz • United States
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Critics have called composer/saxophonist Rob Reddy “a versatile and adventurous saxophonist” (Scott Yanow, All Music Guide) and “an impressive and open-minded tunesmith” (Troy Collins, AllAboutJazz.com), noting that he “sounds, and dares to sound, like no one but himself” (Brian Morton, Jazz Review). “Since the early 1990s,” wrote Harry Newman in a feature article in Downtown Express, “Rob Reddy has been forging a way uniquely his own as a jazz composer, saxophone player, and bandleader in New York.”

Since forming his first band in 1989, a trio featuring legendary bassist Reggie Workman and drummer Pheeroan akLaff, Reddy has worked almost exclusively as a leader, with the exception of brief stints with Workman’s ensemble and Ronald Shannon Jackson’s Decoding Society in the early 1990s. Since then Reddy has composed for and led no fewer than fifteen ensembles, varying in size and instrumentation. He has released recordings on the Songlines, Koch Jazz, and Knitting
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Bechet: Our ContemporaryBechet: Our Contemporary
Reddy Music 2015
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Songs That You Can TrustSongs That You Can Trust
Koch Records 1999
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Citizen QuintetCitizen Quintet
Reddy Music
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Seeing By the Light of My Own by Rob Reddy (2001-05-22)Seeing By the Light of My Own by Rob Reddy (2001-05-22)
Knitting Factory
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Songs That You Can Trust by Rob Reddy (1999-10-19)Songs That You Can Trust by Rob Reddy (1999-10-19)
Koch Imports (1999-10-19)
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However HumbleHowever Humble
Koch Records 2000
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ROB REDDY Rob Reddy's Honor System : Post-War Euphoria album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rob Reddy's Honor System : Post-War Euphoria
Eclectic Fusion 1996
ROB REDDY Rob Reddy's Honor System ‎: Songs That You Can Trust album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rob Reddy's Honor System ‎: Songs That You Can Trust
Eclectic Fusion 1999
ROB REDDY Rob Reddy's Quttah : However Humble album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rob Reddy's Quttah : However Humble
Eclectic Fusion 2000
ROB REDDY Rob Reddy's Sleeping Dogs : Seeing By The Light Of My Own Candle album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rob Reddy's Sleeping Dogs : Seeing By The Light Of My Own Candle
Eclectic Fusion 2001
ROB REDDY Rob Reddy's Gift Horse, A Hundred Jumping Devils album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rob Reddy's Gift Horse, A Hundred Jumping Devils
Eclectic Fusion 2006
ROB REDDY Rob Reddy's Small Town : The Book of the Storm album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rob Reddy's Small Town : The Book of the Storm
Avant-Garde Jazz 2007
ROB REDDY Bechet: Our Contemporary album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Bechet: Our Contemporary
Progressive Big Band 2015

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ROB REDDY Bechet: Our Contemporary

Album · 2015 · Progressive Big Band
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Rob Reddy has been working out of the New York City jazz scene since the early 90s, mostly leading his own ensembles that play modern creative music that often draws a lot of influence from ‘roots music’, and early Americana. Given his interest in early jazz, its no big surprise that Reddy’s latest CD, “Bechet: Our Contemporary”, uses 1920s-50s jazz saxophonist Sidney Bechet, and his music, as an inspiration. The connection between the two is furthered by the fact that both play(ed) soprano sax, and both consider(ed) themselves as avante-gardists for their time. On this CD, Reddy presents a mix of original tunes and Bechet covers that seamlessly blend modern NYC with Bechet’s late 20s NYC. The two eras work well together because the late 20s was a very eclectic and experimental era in jazz, an era that produced many fast moving changes. A sly and subversive NYC centered fast paced hustle defines both eras.

This album opens with a Rob Reddy original, “Up South”, that uses Bechet type riffs to build an energetic punky jump blues chaos that features hot guitar from Martin Sewell. After this, Rob uses the colors of his mini orchestra to paint a cinematic tango version of Bechet’s “Petite Fleur”. From here, the album continues to alternate Reddy originals with Bechet covers, and the blend works perfectly. As is often the case with these sort of ambitious projects, there is a wide variety of musical styles at work, including; traces of Ornette Coleman, avant country blues, floating psychedelia, New Orleans style jam sessions gone beserk and plenty more. The music is pushed by hot solos from artists such as Curtis Fowlkes, Charlie Burnham, John Carlson and others.

All of the tracks on here are strong until we get to the album closer, “Broken Windmill”, on which Reddy and his crew try to play a Bechet arrangement from the 20s. Today’s players are clever and resourceful, but they don’t have the sort of physical commitment that it takes to play this kind of music. Reddy’s cover of this tune is interesting and humorous, but not entirely successful, still its inclusion is important for painting the big picture. Overall this is a great album, fans of modern NYC eclectic jazz will know what to expect, and fans of 20s jazz may be surprised at how well this all goes together. How many ensembles can use Sidney Bechet riffs to build floating pastoral Pink Floyd type textures.

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