Steve Reid Ensemble | WIG206 | Released: 19/11/07
Steve Reid made his recording debut in 1964, aged 19, playing on Martha and the Vandellas’ classic “Dancing in the Street”. He went on to accompany the greatest of the jazz greats - legendary figures such as Miles Davis, Archie Shepp, Sun Ra and David Murray; and also soul legends such as James Brown, Dionne Warwick and Chaka Khan. Throughout Steve Reid has remained one of the true independent innovators. His new album ‘Daxaar’ is a brand new collection of rhythmic ideas captured during his first visit to Africa in over four decades.
“Daxaar” is the latest collaboration between Steve Reid and Kieran Hebden (aka Four Tet) following on from their previous Domino albums: “Tongues” and “The Exchange Sessions” Volumes 1 + 2.
Their ongoing working relationship, and friendship, came about through a mutual friend, Antoine at Paris Jazz Corner. Kieran was keen to revisit the kind of intense dialogues to be found in 70s free jazz duos; Steve liked Four Tet and wanted to engage with modern electronic textures, something he felt had not yet been done well in jazz. The result was a show in Paris, one in London, and then straight after, the Exchange Sessions.
January 2007 found the intrepid duo at Studio Dogo, Dakar, Senegal for the ‘Daxaar’ recordings. Steve was on drums, Khadim Badji on percussion, Dambel Diop on bass, Kieran on electronics, Roger Ongolo on trumpet, Jimi Mbaye from Youssou N’Dour’s band on guitar and Boris Netsvetaev (keyboards). They were also joined by Isa Kouyate on kora and vocal for the album opener “Welcome”.