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Chuck Redd: Stomp, Look and Listen

Chuck Redd, a nonpareil drummer whose ebullient time keeping has buoyed a host of stars ranging from Mel TormŽ to Dizzy Gillespie, makes his leader debut not on drums, but on vibes! “The first time I was attracted to vibes,” recalls the D.C. denizen, “was after hearing Milt Jackson of the Modern Jazz Quartet on Blues on Bach in a high school music appreciation class-that did it!” This, then, is not a sudden conversion. Indeed, Redd has been leading his own vibes-fronted group for some six years.

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