Composer

Rufus Reid has been composing for small and large ensembles since 1999 and receiving some prestigious grants and commissions. He has discovered a great joy in the composing process.

Neil Tesser of Chicago’s Reader’s Guide writes: “Rufus Reid’s playing epitomizes the conflicting faces the bass has presented to modern jazz. Ever since Oscar Pettiford and Ray Brown developed the technique that made the instrument a solo vehicle, it’s been torn between its traditional place as a rhythmic anchor and a spot in the front line. Reid bridged that division, marrying old-fashioned tone to newfangled virtuosity; in the process he influenced two generations of mainstream bassists. In the past 15 years he’s also indulged his penchant for classical performance and composition, and Linear Surroundings, which he wrote in 2003, uses materials, motifs, and voicing that easily fit into a modern classical framework.”

Linear Surroundings was written in 2003 with the support of Chamber Music America’s “New Works: Creation and Presentation Program” Grant, funded by The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Linear Surroundings is a four movement, 60-minute work, for Nonet. The instrumentation is piano, bass, drums, trumpet, tenor saxophone, cello, female voice, bass clarinet and French horn. Chamber Music America also awarded Rufus the “New Works: Encore Program Grant, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation” in 2006 enabling Linear Surroundings to be performed two more times: at the Kingston International Jazz Festival and the University of Vermont’s Lane Series. It was subsequently performed in Syracuse and at Ravinia, Chicago, IL.

Reid’s first orchestral composition, Mass Transit, premiered May 7 & 8, 2011, at the Idyllwild Arts Academy and the Disney CalArts Theater in LA, performed by the Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra, conducted by Peter Askin. This three-movement modern work was commissioned by a 2008 John Simon Guggenheim Award. The American Composers Orchestra Readings, conducted by George Manahan, performed the third movement of Mass Transit in the Miller Theater, Columbia University, NY, June 6, 2011. The MacDowell Foundation grant gave Rufus crucial support during this time, allowing him to complete Mass Transit on time! February of 2014, Mass Transit was performed by The University of Louisville Symphony Orchestra with Kimcherie Lloyd conducting.

Rufus had the privilege of being invited to work with RENGA, an exclusive orchestra made from the members of The London Philharmonic Orchestra devoted to learning other than classical music. They performed two of his compositions, The Meddler and Moods, that Rufus specifically arranged to match their orchestration. The Meddler had previously been performed by Hawaii’s Iolani School’s String Orchestra. The Oakland Youth Orchestra in Rochester, Michigan, has since performed it. Moods, an extended work with three movements, was given two performances in July 2011, in Johannesburg, South Africa. This gorgeous work was orchestrated for the 33-piece All Star Jazz Orchestra performing for the Melodi International Collaborations Concert sponsored by the Jazz Foundation of South Africa. Moods was also performed by The University of Louisville Symphony Orchestra Strings & Woodwinds and The U of L Jazz Ensemble I in 2014.

Reid composed Caress The Thought for bass virtuoso, Diana Gannett. Regarding Caress the Thought, Rufus said: “I do know this, I wish I could play it like Diana played it. She is a special individual and an incredible musician. I wrote the music with her sound in mind. I am totally thrilled and honored that she liked it well enough to perform it. This is a composer’s dream, I think, to have their music rendered well beyond his or her expectations. Diana surely has done that for me. She has empowered me to continue to write more for the bass in this way, which is truly a new area for me.”

Caress The Thought is arranged for several ensemble settings

  • Small group – Reid’s “Out Front” CD, released, 2010, on Motéma Music.
  • Dance – The Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble, presented 2010, Houston, TX
  • Orchestra with Solo Bass – Performed 2011 by Joe Guastafeste, retired Principle of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Concert Band with Solo Bass – Performed 2013 by Rufus Reid, and the Ridgewood Concert Band

The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Composition Competition Award came to Reid in 2006, resulting in the beginning of Quiet Pride. This work for Large ensemble allowed him to fulfill a dream he had to compose a work dedicated to the artist, Elizabeth Catlett. Her life and work inspired in Rufus a desire to honor her and introduce her to people who might not know about her. This wonderful work, completed with five movements, was premiered and presented twice at the Manship Theater at the Shaw Center for the Arts in Baton Rouge, LA, Feb 28 & 29, 2012.  Elizabeth’s Catlett’s artistry was on display in the LSU Museum of Art at the Shaw Center.  Bucknell University presented Quiet Pride in April of 2013.  Rufus recorded this suite and Motéma Music released Feb 11, 2014. This CD received two nominations for the 57th GRAMMY Awards ~ Best Large Jazz Ensemble and Best Instrumental Composition for ‘Recognition’ the first movement of this suite.

The United States Air Force Band of the West commissioned Reid’s first concert band piece, Joy In The Oasis in 2009. This commission was the result of the Air Force band’s recording of Come out and Play, Reid’s big band composition, which was initially commissioned by the Air Force Band In Europe. He has been told this is a grade 5-6 difficulty. It is filled with sing-able melodies and has modern-contemporary Jazz harmonic sensibilities. It is an accessible piece for a wide range of listening audiences. It was performed by the Ridgewood Concert Band, May, 2013.

Rufus was awarded the ASCAP/IAJE Commission for Established Jazz Composers in 2007. His composition Hues of a Different Blue for Big Band was premiered in January, 2007, at the IAJE Conference in New York.

Linear Surroundings was performed in 2004 at The Schenectady County Community College, Schenectady, NY, as part of the original CMA New Works Grant. This performance was heard by the Director of the Empire Jazz Orchestra which resulted in an Empire Jazz Orchestra Commission for a big band composition. Dreamscapes was premiered in April, 2006, by the Empire Jazz Orchestra in Schenectady.

Reid has been composing for small groups most of his life. However, his last four small group recordings really showcase these composing skills. “Hues of a Different Blue,” “Out Front,” and “Live At The Kennedy Center” on Motéma Music and “The Gait Keeper” on Sunnyside will give you excellent examples of his expertise in this arena. “Quiet Pride – The Elizabeth Catlett Project,” his latest CD, will let you hear his composing for large ensembles. This CD received two nominations for the 57th GRAMMY Awards.

2011 Celestial Dance

For Solo Double Bass
Commissioned by: The International Society of Bassists
For the 2011 Double Bass Classical Competition

2011     Mass Transit

Symphony Orchestra – Three Movements: I – Open Road, II – Escalation, III – Metropolis
Commissioned by: The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship
Premiered May, 2011, The Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra, Idyllwild, CA &
REDCAT, The Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, CA
NY Debut:  June, 2011, The American Composers Orchestra, third movement only

2009     Joy In The Oasis

Concert Band
Commissioned by: The United States Air Force Band of The West
Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX

2008       Time for Nostalgia

Big Band, soloist Tim Hagans –  trumpet
Commissioned by:  Norbottens Musiken, Luleø, Sweden
Premiered: Sept, 2009, The Norbotten Big Band, Director & Soloist Tim Hagans,
Kulturens Hus Concert Hall, Luleø, Sweden

2007     Quiet Pride 

Augmented Big Band – Four Movements:  Recognition, Glory, Mother and Child, Singing Head
Commissioned by:  The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Composition Competition Award
Premiered: Mar, 2007 Univ of Connecticut, Storrs, CT,
& The Rich Forum, Stamford, CT

2007       Hues of a Different Blue

Big Band
Commissioned by:  ASCAP/IAJE Commission for Established Jazz Composers
Premiered Jan, 2007 at the IAJE Conference, NYC, NY

2006     Dreamscapes

For Big Band with optional female vocalize
Commissioned by:  The Empire Jazz Orchestra
Premiered:  Apr, 2006, The Empire Jazz Orchestra, SCCC, Schenectady, NY

2004     Linear Surroundings

Four Movements:  Shadow Chasing, Moods, The Peaceful Flame, Collage
For piano, bass, drums, trumpet, cello, French horn, Bass Clarinet, tenor saxophone, female vocalize
Commissioned by: The Chamber Music America Awards
New Works:  Creation and Presentation Program Grant
Generously Funded by The Doris Duke Foundation
Premiered Oct, 2004, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ

2004     Come Out And Play

Specifically designed as a tenor saxophone and double bass feature, in a reduced big band format (11 pieces)
Commissioned by:  The U.S. Armed Forces in Europe, Air Force Jazz Ensemble
Premiered: July, 2004, Germany.
Also arranged for  traditional big band format.

2002     The Gait Keeper 

Big Band
Commissioned by Cornell University Jazz Ensembles
Premiered: Apr, 2002, at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

2001     Whims of the Blue Bird

Big Band
Commissioned by The BMI Foundation, The Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize
Composed:  May, 2001
Publisher:  Myriad Limited
Premiered: July, 2001, The BMI Concert, Merkin Hall, New York, NY

Quiet Pride
Recognition, Mother and Child, Tapestry In The Sky, Singing Head, Glory

  • “Quiet Pride – The Elizabeth Catlett Project” – Suite for large ensemble (2014) Motéma MTM-114

Hues of a Different Blue

  • “Hues Of A Different Blue” – The Rufus Reid Trio with guests (2011) Motéma MTM-58

When She Smiles Upon Your Face

  • “Hues Of A Different Blue” – The Rufus Reid Trio with guests (2011) Motéma MTM-58

The Eloquent One

  • “Hues Of A Different Blue” – The Rufus Reid Trio with guests (2011) Motéma MTM-58

Mother And Child

  • “Hues Of A Different Blue” – The Rufus Reid Trio with guests (2011) Motéma MTM-58

I Can’t Explain

  • “Hues Of A Different Blue” – The Rufus Reid Trio with guests (2011) Motéma MTM-58
  • “Live  At The Shanghi” – Marian McPartland  (2002) Concord Jazz CCD-4991-2
  • “The Intimacy of the Bass” – Michael Moore & Rufus Reid (1999)  Double-Time-158
  • “Song for Luis” – Ron Jackson & Rufus Reid  (1995)  Master Mix CHECD  00115
  • “Bridges”  – Sandi Blair (1990)  fine lable CD001

Caress The Thought

  • “Sun and  Shield” by Don Aliquo  (2011)  ARC-2284
  • “Out Front” The Rufus Reid Trio (2008)  Motéma MTM-36

That Magical Look In Your Eyes

  • “Magic” by Nancy Marano  (2011)  BMCD 2445610-0S

On a Never Ending Stroll  (lyrics by Janet Lawson)

  • “The Jazz Heritage Series 2009 Radio Broadcasts”  The Airmen of Note  (2009)
  • “Back To Front” – TanaReid  (1998)  Evidence ECD 22206-2

Elegy (lyrics by Holli Ross & Jeanne O’Conner)

  • “The Jazz heritage Series 2009 Radio Broadcasts”  The Airmen of Note  (2009)
  • “Yours And Mine” – TanaReid  (1991)  Concord Jazz 4440
  • “Myrth Song” – Harold Danko/Rufus Reid Duo  (1982)   Sunnyside

The Meddler

  • “The Jazz heritage Series 2009 Radio Broadcasts”  The Airmen of Note  (2009)
    (arranged for Big Band by Alan Baylock of the Airmen of Note)
  • “Live At The Kennedy Center” – The Rufus Reid Quintet  (2006)  Motéma MTM-00009
  • “The Gait Keeper” – The Rufus Reid Quintet  (2003)  Sunnyside SSC 1106
  • “Live At Birdland” The Stamm-Soph Project   Marstam#02

Dreamscapes

  • “Jazz Fest International 10 Edicion”  DVD, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico  (2009)
    Panamerican Big Band; Director: Rufus Reid

Ode To Ray

  • “Jazz Fest International 10 Edicion”  DVD, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico  (2009)
    Panamerican Big Band, Director: Rufus Reid
  • “The Gait Keeper” – The Rufus Reid Quintet  (2003)  Sunnyside SSC 1106

Reminiscing

  • “Jazz Fest International 10 Edicion”  DVD, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico  (2009)
    Panamerican Big Band, Director: Rufus Reid
  • “Out Front” – The Rufus Reid Trio (2008)  Motéma MTM-36
  • “Song for Luis” – Ron Jackson & Rufus Reid  (1995)  Master Mix CHECD  00115
  • “Looking Forward” – TanaReid  ((1995)  Evidence ECD 22114-2

City Slicker

  • “Jazz Fest International 10 Edicion”  DVD, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico  (2009)
    Panamerican Big Band, Director: Rufus Reid
  • “Passing Thoughts” – TanaReid  (1992)  Concord Jazz 4505
  • “Corridor To the Limits” – Rufus Reid  (1989)  Sunnyside SSC 1043D

Come Out and Play

  • “I’ll Be Home” Dimensions In Blue”  (2009) US Air Force Band of the West
  • “Live At The Kennedy Center” – The Rufus Reid Quintet  (2006)  Motéma MTM-00009
  • “Jazz Folk” by Don Aliquo (2006) Young Warrior Records  YW300

Glory

  • “Out Front” The Rufus Reid Trio (2008)  Motéma MTM-36

Forever On My Mind

  • “Live At The Kennedy Center” – The Rufus Reid Quintet  (2006)  Motéma MTM-00009
  • “Jazz Folk” by Don Aliquo (2006) Young Warrior Records  YW300

The Peaceful Flame

  • “Live At The Kennedy Center” – The Rufus Reid Quintet  (2006)  Motéma MTM-00009
  • “Jazz Folk” by Don Aliquo (2006) Young Warrior Records  YW300

Celebration

  • “Live At The Kennedy Center” – The Rufus Reid Quintet  (2006)  Motéma MTM-00009

When She smiles Upon Your Face

  • “Live At The Kennedy Center” – The Rufus Reid Quintet  (2006)  Motéma MTM-00009
  • “Live At Birdland” The Stamm-Soph Project   Marstam#02
  • “Back To Front” – TanaReid  (1998)  Evidence ECD 22206-2

Dreamgliding

  • “Live At The Kennedy Center” – The Rufus Reid Quintet  (2006)  Motéma MTM-00009

The Gaitkeeper

  • “The Gait Keeper” – The Rufus Reid Quintet  (2003)  Sunnyside SSC 1106

Whims of The Blue Bird

  • “The Gait Keeper” – The Rufus Reid Quintet  (2003)  Sunnyside SSC 1106

You Make Me Smile

  • “The Gait Keeper” – The Rufus Reid Quintet  (2003)  Sunnyside SSC 1106
  • “Bridges”  – Sandi Blair (1990)  fine lable CD001
  • “Seven Minds”  – Rufus Reid ( 1984)  Sunnyside SSC 1010
  • “You Make Me Smile” – Art Farmer (1984)   Soul Note SN 1076

Almost But Maybe

  • “Alone Together” – Peter Ind & Rufus Reid  (1998)  Wave Records CD36
  • “The Intimacy of the Bass” – Michael Moore & Rufus Reid (1999)  Double-Time-158

It’s The Nights I Like

  • “Hues Of A Different Blue” – The Rufus Reid Trio with guests (2011) Motéma MTM-58
  • “Ice Scape” – Reuben Brown (1997)    SteepleChase  SCCD31423
  • “DoubleBass Delights” – Michael Moore & Rufus Reid (1996)  Double-Time DTRCD-117
  • “Blue Motion” – TanaReid  (1994)  Evidence ECD 22075-2

Perpetual Stroll

  • “Song for Luis” – Ron Jackson & Rufus Reid  (1995)  Master Mix CHECD  00115
  • “DeLawd’s Blues”  –  Billy Mitchel (1981)  Xanadu 182
  • “Perpetual Stroll” – The Rufus Reid Trio ( 1980)  Sunnyside SSC 1027-D

No Place Is The End Of The World

  • “Moon Over The Worlds” – Asian American Jazz Trio  (1993)  Paddle Wheel  KICJ 162
  • “Perpetual Stroll” – The Rufus Reid Trio ( 1980)  Sunnyside SSC 1027-D

It’s The Magical Look In Your Eyes

  • “Passing Thoughts” – TanaReid  (1992)  Concord Jazz 4505
  • “Sound Circle”  – Asian American Jazz Trio  (1992)  King Records KICJ 105
  • “Lemuria-Seascape” – Kenny Barron (1991)  Candid CCD79508
  • “Corridor To the Limits” – Rufus Reid  (1989)  Sunnyside SSC 1043D

Corridor To the Limits

  • “Corridor To the Limits” – Rufus Reid  (1989)  Sunnyside SSC 1043D

Struttin’ About  (Co-composed with Akira Tana)

  • “Seven Minds”  – Rufus Reid ( 1984)  Sunnyside SSC 1010

Publisher: Myriad Limited

P.O. Box 757 • Teaneck, NJ 07666
201-837-2117 • rufus@rufusreid.com

Title of Composition – date
Available Arrangements, Length
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Pangea – Composed 2013
Arrangement:
1. Violin, Flute, Piano, Doublebass – Length: 11 minutes

Mass Transit – Composed 2011
Arrangement:
1. Symphonic Orchestra
Three Movements – Length: 18 minutes

Time For Nostalgia – Composed 2008
Arrangement:
1. Eighteen piece Big Band – Length: 12 minutes

Caress The Thought – Composed 2008
Arrangements:
1. Bass with piano accompaniment – Length: 6 minutes
2. Trio of Piano, Bass, Drums – Length: 6 minutes
3. Symphony Orchestra with Solo Bass – Length: 8 minutes

Quiet Pride – Composed 2007
Arrangement:
1. Eighteen Piece Big Band augmented with 2 French Horn
and Female Vocalize
Five Movements – Length: 59 minutes

Glory – Composed 2007
Arrangement:
1. Piano, Bass Drums, Trumpet, Tenor Sax – Length: 8 minutes

Celebration – Composed 2007
Arrangement:
1. Piano, Bass, Drums, Trumpet, Tenor Sax – Length: 8 minutes

Hues of a Different Blue – Composed 2006
Arrangement:
1. Eighteen Piece Big Band – Length: 13 minutes
2. Sextet: Piano, Bass, Drums, Tenor Saxophone, Trumpet, Alto Saxophone – Length: 6:41 minutes

Dream Gliding – Composed 2006
Arrangement:
1. Piano, Bass, Drums, Trumpet, Tenor Sax – Length: 11 minutes

Dreamscapes – Composed 2006
Arrangement:
1. Eighteen Piece Big Band, Optional Female Vocalize – Length: 16 minutes

Vignettes – Composed 2005
Arrangement:
1. Bass and Clarinet – Length: 6 minutes

Bass Bash Stomp – Composed 2005
Arrangement:
1. Double Bass Ensemble – Length: 5 minutes
For Young Bassists

Moods – Composed 2005
Arrangements:
1. Chamber Ensemble: Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet,
Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, French horn, Trumpet, plus jazz Piano, Bass, Drums, Tenor Saxophone – Length: 11 minutes
2. Piano, Bass, Drums, Trumpet, Tenor Sax – Length: 8 minutes
3. Eighteen Piece Big Band Augmented With Strings, Clarinet, French horn, Clarinet –
Length: 11 ½ minutes

Linear Surroundings – Composed 2004
Arrangement:
Nonet; Piano, Bass, Drums, Trumpet, Tenor Saxophone, Cello, Female Vocalize,
Bass Clarinet, French Horn
Four Movements – Length: 60 minutes

Come Out And Play – Composed 2004
Arrangements:
1. Eighteen Piece Big Band – Length: 9 minutes
2. Piano, Bass Drums, Trumpet, Tenor Sax – Length: 6 minutes

The Peaceful Flame – Composed 2004
Arrangement:
1. Piano, Bass, Drums, Trumpet, Tenor Sax – Length: 7 minutes

Ode To Ray – Composed 2002
Arrangements:
1. Double Bass Ensemble (Four parts) – Length: 8 minutes
2. Piano, Bass Drums, Trumpet, Tenor Sax – Length: 6 minutes
3. Eighteen Piece Big Band – Length: 11 minutes

The Gait Keeper – Composed 2002
Arrangements:
1. Eighteen Piece Big Band – Length: 11 minutes
2. Piano, Bass, Piano, Trumpet, Tenor Sax – Length: 9 minutes

The Meddler – Composed 2001
Arrangements:
1. String Orchestra – Length: 11 minutes
2. Piano, Bass, Drums, Trumpet, Tenor Sax – Length: 6 ½ minutes

Whims Of The Blue Bird – Composed 2001
Arrangements:
1. Eighteen Piece Big Band – Length: 10 minutes
2. Piano, Bass, Drums, Trumpet, Tenor Sax – Length: 9 minutes

Celestial Dance – Composed 2000
Arrangements:
1. Piano, Bass, Drums, Trumpet, Tenor Sax – Length: 6 minutes
2. For Unaccompanied Solo Double Bass – Length: 6 minutes

Skies Over Emilia – Composed 2000
Arrangement:
1. Eighteen Piece Big Band – Length: 10 minutes

Forever On My Mind – Composed 2000
Arrangement:
1. Piano, Bass, Drums, Trumpet, Tenor Sax – Length: 6 ½ minutes

When She Smiles Upon Your Face – Composed 1995
Arrangements:
1. Piano, Bass, Drums, Trumpet – Length: 6 minutes
2. Piano, Bass, Drums, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax & Vocals – Length: 4 ½minutes
3. Eighteen Piece Big Band – Length: 10 minutes
4. Five Double Basses – Length: 6 minutes

I Can’t Explain – Composed 1994
Arrangement:
1. Guitar & Bass – Length: 4 minutes
2. Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocals – Length: 4 minutes
3. Piano, Bass, Drums – Length: 4 minutes
4. Piano, Bass, Drums, Alto Sax, Trumpet – Length: 5 minutes

It’s The Nights I Like – Composed 1994
Arrangements:
1. Piano, Bass, Drums – Length: 6 ½ minutes
2. Piano, Bass, Drums, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax – Length: 5 minutes

Reminiscing – Composed 1994
Arrangements:
1. Guitar & Bass – Length: 3 ½ minutes
2. Piano, Bass, Drums, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax – Length: 5 minutes

Some Slinkin’ – Composed 1991 (Composed by Akira Tana & Rufus Reid)
Arrangement:
1. Piano, Bass Drums, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax – Length: 5 minutes

City Slicker – Composed 1990
Arrangements:
1. Piano, Bass, Drums, Tenor Saxophone – Length: 6 minutes
2. Piano, Bass, Drums, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax – Length: 6 minutes

Corridor To The Limits – Composed 1990
Arrangement:
1. Piano, Bass, Drums, Tenor Saxophone – Length: 7 ½ minutes

It’s The Magical Look In Your Eyes – Composed 1986
Arrangement:
1. Piano, Bass, Drums, Tenor Saxophone – Length: 4 ½ minutes
2. Piano, Bass, Drums – Length: 6 minutes
3. Piano, Bass Drums, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax – Length: 5 minutes

You Make Me Smile – Composed 1985
Arrangements:
1. Piano, Bass, Drums, Trumpet, Tenor Sax – Length: 7 minutes
2. Piano, Bass, Drums, Vocals optional – Length: 6 ½ minutes
3. Eighteen Piece Big Band – Length: 9 minutes

Struttin’ About – Composed 1983
Arrangements:
1. Piano, Bass, Drums – Length: 5 minutes
2. Piano, Bass, Drums, Tenor Saxophone, Guitar – Length: 5 minutes

Elegy – Composed 1982
Arrangements:
1. Piano & Bass – Length: 6 minutes
2. Piano, Bass, Drums, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Vocals Optional – Length: 7 minutes
3. Eighteen Piece Big Band, Vocals Optional – Length: 11 minutes

No Place Is The End Of The World – Composed 1978
Arrangement for:
1. Piano, Bass, Drums – Length: 5 minutes
2. Bass Duet – Length 4 minutes

Almost But Maybe – Composed 1972
Arrangement for:
1. Bass Duet – Length: 3 minutes

Perpetual Stroll – Composed 1972
Arrangement:
1. Guitar & Bass – Length: 4 Minutes
2. Piano, Bass, Drums – Length: 5 minutes
3. Piano, Bass, Drums, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Vocals – Length: 6 minutes

Waltz For Doris – Composed 1972
Arrangement:
1.Piano, Bass. Drums – Length: 6 minutes

All compositions published by:
Myriad Limited • P.O. Box 757 • Teaneck, NJ 07666
201-837-2117 • rufus@rufusreid.com

Publisher: Ludwin Music Publication

When She Smiles Upon Your Face (1996)
Arrangement:
Five Double Basses with optional piano

“I have been given a gift,” Reid says of his new life as a composer.  His career attests to his cultivation, stewardship and outreach of this gift.
JazzTimes

Most of the music here is composed by Reid and it covers a lot of ground.  Collectively the band can blast like the Jazz Messengers or gently float through a lyrical piece, and leader Reid holds it all together with his elegant playing.
Cadence

His music is exactly what you would expect from a master musician.  His melodic lines are lyrical, and he is the master of unexpected harmonic surprises.  Rufus writes like he plays, and it can’t get much better that that.
Neil Slater, University of North Texas

I am SO impressed with the originality and skill of your writing.  You knock me out.
Rob Curnow, Composer/Arranger, Sierra Music Publications

Linear Surroundings:

The Central New York Jazz Orchestra nonet gave Reid’s jazz composition “Linear Surroundings” a classical performance Friday night in Mulroy Civic Center’s Carrier Theater.

And the Central New York musicians obviously struck all the right moods during the 40-minute piece written by the guest artist for the evening: Reid, a world-famous educator, musician and composer.

“Thank you,” Reid said to the standing crowd applauding them all. “One rehearsal. It looks easy, but it’s not. To put something like this together requires great musicianship.”

That’s because Reid wove an intricate mosaic with the four movements of the suite. Titled “Shadow Chasing,” “Moods,” “The Peaceful Flame” and “Collage,” they drew the best work out of the musicians, fast and slow, loud and soft, all quite lovely down to the compelling, crashing piano cacophony from Stetch in the final movement.
Mark Bialczak
The Post-Standard, Syracuse, NY

Rarely has a jazz or classical composer merged the two worlds as seamlessly in a chamber-music setting as Reid has in Linear Surroundings,’ which evokes the radiant spirit of Samuel Barber’s “Knoxville, Summer of 1915,” though steeped in a jazz-blues sensibility.  To hear vocalist Dana Hanchard pooling long, sensuous phrases that were echoed and embellished by seven instrumentalists – each drawing on classical and jazz techniques – was to encounter a nearly ideal performance of a translucent, musically substantive score.
Howard Reich
Chicago Tribune

Quiet Pride:

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to bring to your attention the outstanding new composition Quiet Pride by internationally known bassist and composer Rufus Reid.

Mr. Reid’s beautiful composition for large jazz orchestra, the winner of the 2006 Raymond and Beverly Sackler Composition Competition at the University of Connecticut was premiered by the University Jazz Orchestra in March 2007.  The work is inspired by sculpture of the renowned artist Elizabeth Catlett.  Mr. Reid’s work and his visit to the campus provided many opportunities for inter-disciplinary collaboration between the Departments of Music and Art and the Benton Museum of Art.

Mr. Reid’s work in conducting our students with his new composition and his performances with the Jazz Orchestra was inspiring for its sensitivity and his deep musical knowledge.

Rufus Reid in one of the most gifted composers and performers of our time.  He made an extraordinary contribution to musical life at the University of Connecticut, and it is my pleasure to recommend this esteemed artist and his work to you.

With best wishes,
Kenneth Fuchs
Head & Professor of Music
University of Connecticut