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Steve Reid

Odyssey Of The Oblong Square (LP, Gold)

Label: Soul Jazz Records

Format: LP, Coloured

Genre: Jazz

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*2023 stock* Issued via Reid's own Mustevic Sound imprint in 1977, the album features bassist David Wertman, percussionist Mohammad Abdullah, trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah and Saxophonists Arthur Blythe and Charles Tyler. Reid's music needs no introduction to contemporary audiences; the legendary drummer and band leader was more prominent than ever in the years before his untimely death in 2010, collaborating with Four Tet's Kieran Hebden on a succession of releases as well as being the subject of an extensive reissuing campaign. 

"Drummer legend extraordinaire, Vietnam conscientious objector, ex- Black Panther, Steve Reid has played with everyone from James Brown to Sun Ra, Fela Kuti and Miles Davis, was a friend of John Coltrane, worked at Motown and, in the latter part of his career, worked extensively with Kieran Hebden, following his path of a radical, revolutionary music up until his untimely death in 2010. Soul Jazz Records are re-releasing this rarest release of deep heavyweight jazz by Steve Reid and The Master Brotherhood, entitled ‘Odyssey of the Oblong Square’, first released over thirty five years ago on Steve Reid’s own Mustevic Sound record label (where it came out in an edition of 1000 copies) and has been a serious collector’s album ever since. 

Steve Reid became known worldwide for his radical collaborations with Kieran Hebden after they first recorded together on the Steve Reid Ensemble album, ‘Spirit Walk’, released on Soul Jazz in 2005, releasing five joint releases together in the following years. Steve Reid is steeped in musical history and a true pioneer of US deep leftfield jazz. He played in Sun Ra’s Arkestra, was a Motown session drummer and backed James Brown at the Apollo. He was a Black Panther, imprisoned during the Vietnam war as a conscientious objector and lived in Africa in the early 1970s. Reid worked with Freddie Hubbard, Gary Bartz, Ornette Coleman, Lester Bowie, Fela Kuti, Leon Thomas, Miles Davis and many more in his long illustrious and groundbreaking career."

Cat. number: SJR LP514C
Year: 2022
Recorded "live" January 1977 New York City on WKCR FM's "Jazz Alternatives" show hosted by Peter Low. Originally released in 1977 by Mustevic Sound Inc. as MS 4001.