The Gait Keeper

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1 The Meddler [Reid, Rufus Quintet] 08:34 44.1/16 Album only
2 Ode To Ray [Reid, Rufus Quintet] 06:14 $1.49 Buy
3 Whims Of The Bluebird [Reid, Rufus Quintet] 10:12 44.1/16 Album only
4 Falling In Love [Reid, Rufus Quintet] 07:55 44.1/16 Album only
5 The Gait Keeper [Reid, Rufus Quintet] 10:53 44.1/16 Album only
6 You Make Me Smile [Reid, Rufus Quintet] 07:12 44.1/16 Album only
7 Celestial Dance [Reid, Rufus Quintet] 06:44 $1.49 Buy
8 Seven Minds [Reid, Rufus Quintet] 08:08 44.1/16 Album only

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The Gait Keeper (Sunnyside Records) contains several new works by Rufus. This Quintet CD features a variety of moods and textures, opening with an infectious bouyant melody, called The Meddler. It also includes a musical tribute to his mentor and friend, the great bassist, Ray Brown. and closes with a majestic bowed solo paying tribute to the great bassist, Sam Jones, with his composition, "Seven Minds." This CD will definitely survive a journey of repeated listenings for the jazz enthusiast.

"Always the master mentor, Reid has made certain that a tight quintet is on hand to interpret his original compositions. The soulful 'You Make Me Smile' features Rich Perry's full tenor tone and the tasteful trumpet vibrato of Reid student Fred Hendrix. It previously appeared on Reid's 1984 offering Seven Minds , whose title cut is also reprised here with a classical arco intro that pays homage to its composer, bassist/cellist Sam Jones. John Stetch's piano stands out on both 'Ode to Ray,' a tribute to Reid's own mentor, bassist Ray Brown, and the capricious 'Whims of the Bluebird.' His piano solos offer a clear, but ever inventive direction, and his playing effectively converses with both sax and trumpet to create a discourse between rhythm and melody.