Birthday release of “Quiet Pride”

My 70th birthday was the best yet. “Quiet Pride – The Elizabeth Catlett Project” was released Feb 11, 2014. This project took two years to come together, but here it is, and I am totally blown away. Motema Music did a fabulous job with this project. Everyone worked hard, from the very first. Twenty musicians came together to play my music, and they all came with their “A” game for this project. It was unbelievable.

Catlett and Rufus

This is who this work was inspired by. Taken at the Community Folk Art Center in Syracuse where they displayed 73 pieces of her work: “Power and Pride: An Elizabeth Catlett Retrospective.”

Steve, Rufus, Herlin, Dennis, Akira

What I saw and heard was captured, and now is being seen and heard by others. Some key players in any recording: part if The Rhythm Section, Steve Allee, Rufus, and Herlin Riley; The Conductor, Dennis Mackrel; The Producer, Akira Tana

Vic Juris, Steve Allee, Rufus, Herlin Riley

I want to give you a quick picture of the rehearsal. Vic Juris, Steve Allee, Rufus, Herlin Riley

Got it?

What was that again, Rufus??

Carl Maraghi, Steve Wilson, Erika von Kleist, Vic Juris

Carl Maraghi, Steve Wilson, Erika von Kleist, Vic Juris

Rufus with Dave Taylor

Does Rufus love the sound of the trombone? Rufus with Dave Taylor

Dennis Mackrel, Steve Allee, and Tim Hagans

Dennis Mackrel, Steve Allee, and Tim Hagans

Ingrid Jensen with Rufus

Ingrid Jensen

Steve Allee, Freddie Hendrix, Vic Juris

Steve Allee, Freddie Hendrix, Vic Juris

Jason Jackson, Michael Dease, Ryan Keberle, Tom Chirstensen, Steve Wilson, Erika von Kleist, Scott Robinson, Rufus & Dennis Mackrel

Jason Jackson, Michael Dease, Ryan Keberle, trombones; Tom Chirstensen, Steve Wilson, Erika von Kleist, Scott Robinson, reeds; Rufus and Dennis Mackrel standing

Tim Hagans, Tanya Darby with Rufus

Tim Hagans and Tanya Darby with Rufus

Dennis Mackrel

Dennis Mackrel clearing up questions?

Tim Hagans, Ryan Keberle, Dave Taylor

Tim Hagans, Ryan Keberle, Dave Taylor

Rufus, Akira Tana, Herlin Riley

Rufus, Akira Tana, Herlin Riley

Rufus, Tim Hagans

Tim Hagans with Rufus

I have been getting reviews already, and I am stunned. Dave Sumner, the AllAboutJazz Download of the Day editor of eMusic wrote: “Rufus Reid has created an expansive large ensemble vision that breathes with all kind of tiny details within the scope of its big sound.”

UPCOMING APPEARANCES

  • 12/04/2016 - 12/11/2016
    Rufus Reid – MSUFCU Guest Artist in Residence
    MIchigan State University College of Music
    East Lansing, MI
  • 01/04/2017 - 01/07/2017
    Rufus Reid at The JEN Conference
    Jazz Education Network Conference
    New Orleans, LA
  • 01/19/2017
    Rufus Reid to speak at Duke Ellington Society
    The Duke Ellington Society
    New York, NY
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