Steve Reid is an American jazz percussionist, best known as a founding member of The Rippingtons.
Reid began playing as a session musician in the 1970s, playing on hundreds of recordings, including sessions led by the legendary Miles Davis. Reid co-founded The Rippingtons in 1987 and also played with Supertramp in 1987-88. In 1993, 1995, and 1997 he was named Percussionist of the Year by Jazziz magazine. He has released five albums under his own name.
Reissue with the latest remastering and the original cover artwork. Comes with a description written in Japanese. A sweet 70s set from the ultra-hip rhythm duo of bassist John Lee and drummer Gerry Brown – working here in a European setting with loads of great reed work to support the "bamboo" vibe of the title! Flute player Chris Hinze blows both bamboo and regular flute – and the feel of the set is like some of his excellent fusion dates from the same time – but the record also has lots of great work from Gary Bartz on alto and soprano sax, plus some keyboards from Hubert Eaves and Jasper Van'T Hof – two very different players who balance out the mood nicely. Some tracks are full-on fusion, but they're offset by mellower, more introspective passages – of the sort that really let the reed players come out strongly – and titles include "Jua", "Rise On", "Who Can See The Shadow Of The Moon", "Infinite Jones", and "Deliverance".