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【Rufus Reid / Rufus Reid & Out Front - Hues of a Different Blue】(2011) ★★★★☆
マスター・ベーシストRufus ReidさんがSteve Allee (p)、Duduka Da Fonseca (ds)というトリオを基本にBobby Watson(sax)、Freddie Hendrix(tp)、J.D. Allen(sax)、そしてToninho Horta (g, vo)という豪華ゲスト陣を迎えたアルバム。まずはTrioが良いですね。Straight AheadなJazz曲、Brazilian曲と多彩です。全ての曲のQualityが高いのはさすが！それにしもToninho HortaのGuitarとVocalは素晴らしいですね！
Duduka Da Fonseca(ds)
Toninho Horta(g, vo)
1. It's The Nights I Like
3. When She Smiles Upon Your Face
5. Come Rain Or Come Shine
6. These Foolish Things
7. Lower Burellian Bicycle Loop
8. The Eloquent One
9. Manhattan Style
10. Memories Of You
11. Mother And Child
12. Summer's Shadow
13. I Can't Explain
14. Hues Of A Different Blue
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Rufus Reid - Hues Of A Different Blue
Reid has cultivated that most precious commodity of instrumental music a personal identity and sonic imprint. --Josh Jackson, WBGO/NPR
Lush ... shimmering ... multi-faceted. --All About Jazz
His luscious sound and buoyant swing can levitate an ensemble clear off the bandstand. --The New Yorker
Out Front, bassist Rufus Reid’s trio with pianist Steve Allee and drummer Duduka Da Fonseca, is the backbone of this session, with various guests appearing on half the tracks. Among those guests are Brazilian guitarist and vocalist Toninho Horta, alto saxophonist Bobby Watson, tenor saxophonist JD Allen and trumpeter Freddie Hendrix. The full ensemble plays only on “When She Smiles Upon Your Face,” a lively, melodic samba by Reid. The complex title track, also by the leader, includes the horns and the rhythm section minus Horta. The trio shines on the opening “It’s the Nights I Like,” an in-the-pocket blues, and “Come Rain or Come Shine,” with Reid stating the melody as a prelude to some righteous swinging. The guitarist and bassist charm on Horta’s “Francisca,” a duo performance in which Horta also sings. Reid’s “The Eloquent One,” a ballad for the late pianist Hank Jones, is another sonic beauty, with the trio plus Hendrix on flugelhorn. The sax men also get a feature each, Watson on “These Foolish Things” in a duet with Reid and Allen on Don Aliquo’s “Lower Burellian Bicycle Loop” with Out Front. Allen has been getting good press lately, and based on this rhythmically diverse performance, deservedly so. The Out Front trio is both a hard-swinging ensemble and a sensitive mood setter. Hues of a Different Blue is a beautifully recorded document of this versatile group and leader covering several bases admirably.
- Jazz Times
Features top Brazilian guitarist/vocalist Toninho Horta, jazz legend Bobby Watson, rising trumpet star Freddie Hendrix (toured with Alicia Keys and Roy Hargrove), and media darling JD Allen. Multi-award winning bassist and composer Rufus Reid is famed for his work as a leader and a legendary sideman to the greats including Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, Dizzy Gillespie, and Nancy Wilson. Reid has racked up over a dozen prestigious awards through the years, most recently the Guggenheim and MacDowell Fellowships. His market presence is boosted by his fame as a teacher at numerous clinics and camps around the nation, and the success of his DVD , The Evolving Bassist, which has sold over 10,000 units.
- Jazz Loft
Bass master Rufus Reid follows up his #1 radio charting 2009 release, Out Front, with Hues of a Different Blue featuring his Out Front trio pianist Steve Allee and drummer Duduka Da Fonseca. From Brazilian Sambas to American Songbook classics this new musical outing features various duo, trio and quartet pairings with a number of special guests, including legendary alto saxophonist Bobby Watson, trumpeter Freddie Hendrix, tenor saxophonist JD Allen, as well as the Brazilian master composer and world renowned guitarist, Toninho Horta.
While Reid was certainly “the architect” (as Allee called him) of the project, the making of Hues of a Different Blue was geared toward featuring everyone in new and exciting formats. Reid explains, “In designing these arrangements, my goal was to feature the unique sound of the trio and the unique voice of each guest, in unexpected ways that would offer a new musical experience for each player, and an exciting new surprise for you as well. I’m delighted with the results and hope you will be too.”
Take an intimate peek into the recording studio during the making of Reid’s new album, Hues of a Different Blue, featuring: Steve Allee, piano, Duduka Da Fonseca, drums with very special guest: Toninho Horta, guitar, Bobby Watson, alto saxophone, J.D. Allen, tenor saxophone, and Freddie Hendrix, trumpet.
Rufus Reid's second CD with his group Out Front (with pianist Steve Allee and drummer Duduka Da Fonseca) adds several guests, including Brazilian guitarist Toninho Horta, alto saxophonist Bobby Watson, tenor saxophonist J.D. Allen, and trumpeter Freddie Hendrix. The veteran bassist has long been one of the top soloists on his instrument and a significant composer as well. There are several fresh interpretations of standards, including a buoyant, lively "Come Rain or Come Shine" by the trio, an expressive duet with Watson of "These Foolish Things," and a brilliant duo take with Allee of "Memories of You" highlighted by the bassist's intricate soloing. Reid's originals begin with the hip swinger "It's the Nights I Like" featuring the trio. "The Eloquent One" salutes the late jazz piano great Hank Jones, a brooding theme with a gorgeous melody, showcasing Hendrix's rich flügelhorn. The full septet is heard in engaging in lively interplay in the infectious samba "When She Smiles Upon Your Face" and contributing delightful angular solos in the breezy "Hues of a Different Color." Reid isn't the only gifted composer. Horta's "Francisca" is an engaging bossa nova duet with Reid, adding the guitarist's warm wordless vocal. Da Fonseca penned "Manhattan Style," a fast-paced cooker that eventually evolves into a samba and showcases a potent drum solo. Allee contributed two memorable sambas, including the richly textured "Summer's Shadow" and the pulsating, dramatic "Candango." Highly recommended.
- By Owen Cordle
Rufus Reid, one of today’s premiere bassists on the international jazz scene, with his reputation firmly established in the education arena, now adds composition to his vitae. Rufus participated in the BMI Jazz Composer’s Workshop for five years which has empowered him to move more deeply into the composing arena. He has written for string orchestra, jazz ensembles large and small, concert band, double bass ensemble pieces and a solo bass composition. “Mass Transit,” Rufus’ three movement symphony orchestra composition, was premiered in 2011. Also premiered that year was the orchestral arrangement of Reid’s “Caress The Thought” with soloist, Joe Guastafeste, retired principle bassist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
“Quiet Pride” a four movement work for large jazz ensemble, inspired by the sculptures of the artist, Elizabeth Catlett, was performed in 2012 at the Shaw Center for the Performing Arts, in Baton Rouge, LA. This special event had Elizabeth’s gorgeous artwork in residence during this time. Rufus composed a fifth movement, “Tapestry In The Sky,” to complete “Quiet Pride – The Elizabeth Catlett Project”
Rufus Reid is equally known as an exceptional educator. Dr. Martin Krivin and Reid created the Jazz Studies & Performance Program at William Paterson University. Reid retired after 20 years, but continues to teach, conducting Master Classes, workshops, and residencies around the world.
Rufus’ book, The Evolving Bassist, published since 1974, continues to be recognized as the industry standard as the definitive bass method. January, 2000, the book’s millennium edition was published. In December 2003, The Evolving Bassist DVD was released. This two and one half hour DVD also offers a Concert view, featuring Mulgrew Miller and Lewis Nash.
Rufus Reid’s major professional career began in Chicago and continues since 1976 in New York City. He has toured and recorded with Eddie Harris, Nancy Wilson, Harold Land & Bobby Hutcherson, Lee Konitz, The Thad Jones & Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, Dexter Gordon, J.J. Johnson, Art Farmer, Stan Getz, Kenny Burrell, Kenny Barron and countless others. He continues to enjoy associations with Tim Hagans, Bob Mintzer, Frank Wess, Marvin Stamm, Benny Golson.
Reid continues to lead his “Out Front” Trio with pianist, Steve Allee and drummer Duduka Da Fonseca. He released “Out Front” the trio album on Motéma Records in 2010. Reid recorded with this trio again, adding guests, Bobby Watson, Freddie Hendrix, JD Allen, and Toninho Horta, releasing “Hues of a Different Blue” on Motéma in 2011.
“Hues” (Hues of a Different Blue) should be considered a sterling, definitive examplar of what an ideal jazz album should be–fabulous musicianship in service of the music, expansive tunes played with succinctness and restraint and variety.” Mark Keresman – Jazz Inside Magazine
Born on February 10, 1944 in Atlanta, GA., Rufus Reid was raised in Sacramento, California where he played the trumpet through junior high and high school. Upon graduation from Sacramento High School, he entered the United States Air Force as a trumpet player. During that period he began to be seriously interested in the bass. After fulfilling his duties in the military, Rufus had decided he wanted to pursue a career as a professional bassist. He moved to Seattle, Washington, where he began serious study with James Harnett of the Seattle Symphony. He continued his education at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where he studied with Warren Benfield and principal bassist, Joseph Guastefeste, both of the Chicago Symphony. He graduated in 1971 with a Bachelor of Music Degree as a Performance Major on the Double Bass.
Rufus Reid truly continues to be THE EVOLVING BASSIST.
(Contributions to Education)
Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops
Stanford Jazz Workshop
The Lake Placid Institute
Professor Emeritus, William Paterson University, Jazz Studies and Performance program (1979–1999)
The "Richard Davis Foundation for Young Bassists" Annual Bass Conference
The Sligo Jazz Project
Bass Coalition Summer Workshop
2008 Guggenheim Fellowship, Creative Arts / Music Composition category
Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Award ("Skies Over Emilia")
2006 Fellowship, from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts
The 2005 Mellon Jazz 2005 Living Legacy Award, from The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
The Distinguished Achievement Award, 2001, The International Society of Bassists
Outstanding Educator of 1999, The New Jersey Chapter of the IAJE
Humanitarian Award, 1997, The International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE)
1998 Jazz Educator Achievement Award, BASS PLAYER magazine
Raymond and Beverly Sackler Composition Competition 2006 Award Winner, administered by the University of Connecticut
2006 ASCAP/IAJE Billy Strayhorn Commission Recipient