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Chuck Redd

Chuck Redd

“At 43, I feel I’m just finding my own voice,” says Chuck Redd, by phone, from his home in Takoma Park, Md. In Redd’s case, that would be the dual voice of vibraphonist and drummer. Of the 43 recordings he has made, 28 are exclusively as a drummer, five find him doubling and the other 10 feature him on vibes alone.

Since his career was firmly launched as a drummer with Charlie Byrd in 1980, Redd has switched between the two instruments for tours of Europe, Asia and Africa (with Dizzy Gillespie). Although Redd seems to have found a more melodically and harmonically compatible voice with his vibes, he says, “I’ll never stop playing drums”-a vow he underscores by playing regularly with Loren Schoenberg’s New York City-based big band.

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