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Mike Reed: In the Context of

A mainstay on Chicago’s improvised-music scene, Reed reveals a set of extremely big ears in this collection of freewheeling duets with fellow musical provocateurs from the Windy City. Reed-a kind of Chicago counterpart to New York’s Susie Ibarra-reacts immediately and instinctively on the kit in his encounters here with guitarist Jeff Parker, synth specialist Jim Baker and flutist Nicole Mitchell. Along the way he creates coloristic touches and percussive textures that fall well outside the jazz-drumming tradition, drawing from an expansive vocabulary that borrows more from the sonic innovations of David Moss, Charles K. Noyes, Milford Graves and Don Moye than it does from the bebop canon.

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