Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid | WIG169 | Released: 27/02/06
Steve Reid is the legendary drummer who in 1964 at 19 years of age played on Martha Reeves & the Vandellas' 'Dancing In The Street', and subsequently went on to play with Miles Davis, Fela Kuti and James Brown (think about that for a moment), not to mention Fats Domino, Sun Ra, Peggy Lee, Chaka Khan, Dexter Gordon, Dionne Warwick and many, many more. Early in April this year, he went into The Exchange in Camden, London (where Kieran cuts his records) to extemporise with the young man from Four Tet.
Wholly improvised, unedited and without overdubs, 'The Exchange Session Vol 1' is the real-time first result of this fecund union. ''My life changed the day we recorded the Exchange sessions. I couldn't believe I was involved in making this music. It was such a revelation to be able to create improvised music with this epitome of African-American rhythmic drum tradition.'' Kieran Hebden. ''I consider us to be pioneers, doing the electricity and the drums live. In the future this is going to be considered really important, but for now there's just this.'' Steve Reid.