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Steve Reid Ensemble - Spirit Walk mp3 album

Steve Reid Ensemble - Spirit Walk mp3 album Performer: Steve Reid Ensemble
Title: Spirit Walk
Style: Free Jazz
Date of release: 2005
Country: UK
Size MP3: 1331 mb
Size FLAC: 1614 mb
Rating: 4.5

SJR CD 122. Steve Reid Ensemble. Spirit Walk ‎(CD, Album). I was also a little cynical before I got it, I mean Steve Reid made some truly sublime albums in the ‘70s, but bringing one out in 2005, I was just expecting bad news. How totally wrong I was. This is certainly better than his Rhythmatism album, and definitely as good as Nova.

Reid's key collaborators on this album are 23 year-old Russian keyboard player Boris Netsvetaev and 4tet electronicist Kieran Hebden. Netsvetaev plays B3, Wurlitzer, Moog, and electric piano, also acting as arranger and MD. Hebden's arresting and musicianly off-planet sonic inventions give an of-the-moment edge to what is essentially timeless music, providing roots and references simultaneously in the future and the past. Soprano saxophonist Chuck Henderson and bass saxophonist Tony Bevan lead a wilfully ragged, hard-hitting reed section.

Looking back at where Steve Reid has been is just as intriguing as looking ahead to where he's going. A visionary drummer with a CV dating back to the early 1960s, Reid has an epic backstory that would make crate diggers swoon: Self-taught Motown session player. In-house drummer at the Apollo Theater. Jailed during Vietnam as a conscientious objector. Member of Sun Ra's Arkestra. A teenaged sojourn through Africa resulting in a stint with Fela

He also appears on Steve Reid Ensemble 2005 album Spirit Walk. This collaboration was extended into a series of international tours, and the release of two albums, The Exchange Session Vol. 1 and The Exchange Session Vol. 2 over the course of 2005 and 2006. His fourth studio album Everything Ecstatic was released on Domino on 23 May 2005.

Spirit Walk gets right back on track with "Bridget," a funky soul-jazz track with Hebden laying out some truly loopy electronics over Edwards' electric bass, layered over by soprano and bass saxophone playing counterpoint in a theme that is reminiscent of Bill Cosby's cartoon program in the early '70s.

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. Soul Jazz Records in the . reissued Nova and Rhythmatism in 2003 and 2005, respectively. The imprint also released Spirit Walk in 2005, a new recording of the Steve Reid Ensemble with his European group featuring pianist/keyboardist Boris Nevsvetaev and Four Tet's Kieran Hebden. Reid recorded three duet albums with Hebden as well, The Exchange Session, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, which were released in 2006, and Tongues, released in 2007.


1 Lugano 7:03
2 Drum Story 14:30
3 Bridget 5:49
4 For Coltrane 8:03
5 Blind Tom 1:23
6 Which One? 6:44
7 Lions Of Juda 8:26
8 It Cannot Be True 6:04
9 Unity 9:10


  • Bass – John Edwards
  • Bass Saxophone – Tony Bevan
  • Drums, Voice – Steve Reid
  • Keyboards – Boris Netsvetaev
  • Soprano Saxophone – Chuck Henderson
  • Synthesizer – Kieran Hebden
  • Tenor Saxophone – Nathaniel Catchpole
  • Tenor Saxophone, Percussion – Neil Kleiner

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
SJRCD 1022 Steve Reid Ensemble Spirit Walk ‎(CD, Album) String Jazz SJRCD 1022 UK 2002
SJR LP 122 Steve Reid Ensemble Spirit Walk ‎(2xLP, Album) Soul Jazz Records SJR LP 122 UK 2005