Fellow saxophonists Seamus Blake and Chris Cheek
have thrived as leaders, sidemen, big band soloists and much else,
contributing to the creative health of the jazz scene over the last 20 years.
As a pair they worked on the exploratory groove-oriented project
The Bloomdaddies (Criss 1110)
back in 1995.
But with Reeds Ramble Blake and Cheek reunite in
an acoustic setting, buoyed by the extraordinary
Ethan Iverson of The Bad Plus on piano,
making his first Criss Cross appearance.
Drummer Jochen Rueckert, too makes his first label appearance,
teaming up with in-demand bassist Matt Penman,
a valued presence on Criss Cross sessions led by
Jonathan Kreisberg, John Ellis and Zach Brock.
The two tenors showcase their distinctive voices on a set of material written
by themselves as well as Elmo Hope, Jim Beard, Chico Buarque, Brian Wilson and
more. With their subtle orchestrations, bold and unpredictable communication
and all-around swinging, bluesy feel, Blake and Cheek continue the tradition
of Inspired tenor summits while asserting a sound all their own.
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Na Carreira (Chico Buarque) 7:50
1974 Blues (Eddie Harris) 7:04
Holodeck Waltz (Jim Beard) 6:09
Blue Moose (Chris Cheek) 6:27
De Dah (Elmo Hope) 6:23
'Til I Die (Brian Wilson) 7:34
I Surrender Dear (Gordon Clifford / Harry Barris) 7:29
All About Me (Seamus Blake) 6:34
Lady In Languor (Vickie Yang) 6:44
Total Time: 62:32
April 4, 2013
Brooklyn, NY, USA