EXPIRED: 04/13/10 – Steve Reid, 66, started drumming 50 years ago. Now, almost all teenagers think they can start a band when they’re 16 years old. But Reid, whose family moved to Queens, New York during these turbulent years, settled in just 3 blocks down the street from John Coltrane.
Being influenced by the jazz that permeated NYC at the time, Reid eventually took a job as a house drummer in the Apollo Theatre, under the direction of Quincy Jones. It was here that his career started to blossom.
After graduating from Adelphi University in Garden City, NY, he returned to work for Quincy Jones, and went on to drum with Sun Ra, Miles Davis, James Brown, Fela Kuti and Ornette Coleman.
In the late 60’s Reid was arrested as a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War. He then moved to Lugano, Switzerland for some time.
In 2006, Reid teamed up with the groundbreaking electronic musician Kieran Hebden, better known as Four Tet, to release an improvisational experiment, The Exchange Session Vol. 1. The duo enjoyed this initial collaboration so much that they went on to release three further albums: The Exchange Session Vol. 2, also in 2006, Tongues, in 2007, and NYC, a year later in 2008.
Reid and Hebden often referred to each other as “musical soulmates.”