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Drummer Mike Reed's quartet with saxophonists Greg Ward & Tim Haldeman and bassist Jason Roebke, great improvised music from 4 of Chicago's most influential players.

Reed, Mike
About Us

Reed, Mike: About Us (482 Music)
Label: 482 Music    
Released in: USA    

"The original focus of our quartet was to investigate and reinvent some of the under-recorded, under-recognized aspects of the vibrant Chicago jazz scene circa 1954-60. On Proliferation, we brought ideas and new approaches to music of another time. This second offering is primarily About Us. (A forthcoming third document will bring us full circle; inviting principal players of that past to share in the ideas of today.)

To borrow from both Muhal Richard Abrams and Sun Ra (two of the most significant musicians in the Chicago legacy), numerology isn't lost in the underlying concept here. On Proliferation we created three pieces dedicated to places and people in Chicago of the 50's. On this record About Us, we've invited three important and influential members of Chicago's improvised music community to join in.

I was fortunate enough to perform with David Boykin in his group The Expanse, as well as an improvising trio with bassist Karl Seigfried (later turned quartet with flutist Nicole Mitchell). David may be the most innovative composer walking the streets of Chicago. His boundless energy and tone speak directly to the great Chicago tenor legacy. I'm forever grateful for my musical growth due to being part of his sonic explorations.

Jeb Bishop has established himself as one of the most respected trombonists in the jazz/improvised world. As one of the most ubiquitous figures on the Chicago scene, his big, punchy tone and instinctive sense of melody sets a high standard for a future generation of improvisers.

Although Jeff Parker is one of the most highly regarded musicians in Chicago, his greatness is more than just his musical prowess (I know that seems impossible). When anyone speaks of Jeff they first refer to his unique sound, which can traverse any terrain and is never mistaken. However, Jeff's true gift is an idea: the idea that you can operate in any genre, place, or setting without being mistaken for anything other than your own "sound."

I hope that this second of three records takes us closer to the idea of our own "sound.""-from the liner notes

"David Boykin began studying music on the clarinet at the age of 21 in 1991 and first performed professionally in 1997. He has released 16 recordings as a leader; appeared as a featured guest on other prominent musician's recordings, such as Nicole Mitchell, Chad Taylor, Josh Abrams, and Mike Reed; performed at major international jazz festivals and smaller jazz venues locally and globally; and founded Sonic Healing Ministries, which is an organization dedicated to the spiritual evolution of humanity through music."

Awards and Grants: Individual Artist Program, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, City of Chicago, 2015; Midwest Nexus Touring Exchange, Links Hall, Chicago 2015; Artist in Residence University of Chicago Department of Arts and Public Life 2013/2014; Galaxy Award, Chicago Modern Orchestra Project, 2011; Illinois Arts Council Fellowship For Music Composition, 2005; CAAP Grant, Chicago Department Of Cultural Affairs, 2005; Arts International Fund For US Artists Performing Abroad, 2002;CAAP Grant, Chicago Department Of Cultural Affairs, 2000"

-David Boykin Website (

"Jeff Parker (born April 4, 1967) is an American jazz and rock guitarist based in Los Angeles. Parker is best known as an experimental musician, working with avant-garde electronic, rock, and improvisational groups.

Parker currently plays guitar in the post-rock group Tortoise and also was a founding member of the ensembles Isotope 217 and the Chicago Underground Trio in the 1990s and early 2000s. He is also a member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, as well as working with musicians George Lewis, Ernest Dawkins, Brian Blade, Joshua Redman, Fred Anderson (musician) and Jason Moran. He has released three solo albums: Like-Coping, The Relatives and Bright Light in Winter."

-Wikipedia (

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Improvised Music
Chicago Jazz & Improvisation
Jeb Bishop

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Product Information:

UPC: 650594106826

Label: 482 Music
Catalog ID: 1068
Squidco Product Code: 12353

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded at Strobe Recording, Chicago, IL, February 21-March 2, 2009 by James Wanger. Track 10 recorded at Shape Shop Studio by Griffin Rodriguez with Nick Broste.


Tim Haldeman-tenor saxophone

Mike Reed-drums

Jason Roebke-bass

Greg Ward-alto saxophone


Jeb Bishop-trombone

David Boykin-tenor saxophone

Jeff Parker-guitar

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Track Listing:

1. It's Enough 5:03

2. V.S. # 1 7:45

3. About Us 6:41

4. Big And Fine 10:59

5. The Next Time You Are Near 5:42

6. Big Stubby 7:13

7. Flat Companion 4:52

8. First Reading: Paul's Letter To The Ephesians 4:21

9. Under The Influence Of Lunar Objects 5:05

10. Days Fly By (With Ruby) 6:21