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Kieran Hebden/Steve Reid/ Mats Gustafsson : Live At the South Bank

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It serves as a fitting testament to drummer Steve Reid’s expansive imagination that a career beginning with James Brown and Horace Silver progressed to the point where his final years were spent in intense communication with the novel sounds of a British electronic musician a generation or two his junior.

Recorded less than a year before his death at 66 in 2010, this double-disc live date is the sixth and final product of Reid’s tandem with Kieran Hebden, a.k.a. Four Tet. For the occasion, the pair was joined by Swedish sax extremist Mats Gustafsson, though on the mesmerizing first track Reid and Hebden go it alone. Gustafsson was so rapt by their music that he simply failed to join in.

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