TOMEKA REID

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Chicago based cellist, composer and educator, Tomeka Reid has been described as "a remarkably versatile player," (Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune). Equally adept in classical and jazz contexts, Ms. Reid predominantly finds herself in experimental and improvisatory settings and composes for a wide range of instrumentation, from big band to chamber ensemble. Ms. Reid's music combines her love for groove along with freer concepts.

Ms. Reid is an integral part of Dee Alexander's Evolution Ensemble, Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble/Strings, Mike Reed's Loose Assembly, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) Great Black Music Ensemble, and co-leads the internationally recognized string trio, Hear in Now with performances in Poznan, Poland; Paris, France; Rome, Venice, Milan, Italy; Soazza, Switzerland; and in the US: Chicago, New York and Vermont. In addition to the aforementioned ensembles, Ms. Reid performs with many of today's forward thinking musicians in the world
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TOMEKA REID Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists
Jazz Related Soundtracks 2014
TOMEKA REID Tomeka Reid Quartet album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Tomeka Reid Quartet
Eclectic Fusion 2015
TOMEKA REID Tomeka Reid / Kyoko Kitamura / Taylor Ho Bynum / Joe Morris  :  Geometry of Caves album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tomeka Reid / Kyoko Kitamura / Taylor Ho Bynum / Joe Morris : Geometry of Caves
Avant-Garde Jazz 2018
TOMEKA REID Tomeka Reid / Filippo Monaco : The Mouser album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tomeka Reid / Filippo Monaco : The Mouser
Avant-Garde Jazz 2019
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Avant-Garde Jazz 2019

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TOMEKA REID Tomeka Reid Quartet

Album · 2015 · Eclectic Fusion
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Tomeka Reid is young Chicago-based cellist and "Quartet" is her debut release as leader (she already released an album with soundtrack for "Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists" documentary two years ago).The album contains ten perfectly written and executed cuts recorded with great quartet (incl. Mary Halvorson on guitar,Jason Roebke on bass and drummer Tomas Fujiwara),collective of leading young New York and Chicago adventurous jazz musicians.

Tomeka is far not a newbie on jazz scene, she played with such greats as Anthony Braxton and Nicole Mitchell. From very first sounds (album's opener is only non-original composition here - it's Eric Dolphy's "17 West") it becomes obvious that Tomeka's music is rooted in old Chicagoan AACM tradition. Well composed pieces all are groovy, often quite catchy and contains complex improvisations which never become chaotic,screaming or too noisy. Her models are Billy Bragg (and Nicole Mitchell), and sounding modern her music returns the listener back to times when jazz compositions were memorable, well executed and harmonic.

All band perfectly play together and since music sounding is more accessible than regular solo works of quartet members(partially guitarist Mary Halvorson and bassist Jason Roebke), this album is excellent introduction to the world of modern adventurous music for open ears newcomers. At the same time I am sure Tomeka's debut can attract many more conservative listeners who are usually afraid of "avant-garde jazz" tag and possibly find Mary Halvorson's and Jason Roebke's own albums too quirky and chaotic.

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