Rufus Reid Trio: Celebration (featuring Sirius Quartet)

The great bassist Rufus Reid has long established himself as one of the most important stylists on his instrument. Reid hasn’t been one to stick to one lane, however. He has stretched his musical capabilities far into the ranges of composition and arranging, making his music a confluence of jazz and classical sounds. His album Celebration showcases Reid’s command as an instrumentalist and writer, as his Out Front Trio performs with and without the Sirius Quartet.

As a bassist, Reid has been a member of some legendary ensembles, both with famous leaders, like Stan Getz and Dexter Gordon, and as leader himself. Reid had never studied big band arranging but was intrigued by the process and wanted to get further involved. This led to his enrollment in the BMI Composers Workshop in 2000, a course that turned his head around, providing a myriad of information about writing for ensembles of all sorts.

Reid was asked to bring his quintet to a Texas performance nearly 12 years ago. The venue did not have the funds to pay the group, leading Reid to invite two musicians he had grown to know in efforts of creating a new trio. Pianist Steve Allee became a friend during Jamie Aebersold workshops, where Reid and Allee each… more
releases October 7, 2022

Rufus Reid – bass
Steve Allee – piano
Duduka Da Fonseca – drums (2-10)
Kenneth Salters – drums (1 & 11)
Sirius Quartet (1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11):
Fung Chern Hwei – violin
Gregor Huebner – violin
Ron Lawrence – viola
Jeremy Harmon – cello