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A hard-blowing session from the late drummer Steve Reid, saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, and electronics wiz Kieran Hebden, preforming live at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in South Bank, London in 2009.

Hebden / Reid / Gustafsson
Live At The South Bank [2 LPs]

Hebden / Reid / Gustafsson: Live At The South Bank [2 LPs] (Smalltown Superjazzz)
Label: Smalltown Superjazzz    
Released in: Norway    

"The late Steve Reid, veteran jazz drummer and percussionist and Kieran Hebden (Four Tet), the British electronic musician/producer young enough to be his grandson, present the fifth and final installment of their momentous synergy. The music on this double LP was recorded in concert on June, 20 2009 in the foyer of the Queen Elizabeth Hall at London's Southbank Centre, as part of the Meltdown Festival curated by free jazz legend Ornette Coleman. For this marathon workout, Reid & Hebden were joined by Swedish power saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, whose fiery blowing style had inspired Kieran to seek out a drummer like Steve to work with in the first place. Live at the South Bank stands as a memorial to a thrilling and productive partnership sadly cut off in its prime."

"[This album] serves as Chuck Johnson's inaugural placement into the pantheon of acoustic guitar players where he rightfully belongs."-Smalltown Superjazzz

"For such adventurous jazz players, this Europe-only double live album was almost a prerequisite, a hard-blowing session far outside the confines of your typical American label. So it's fitting that Four Tet's Kieran Hebden and the recently deceased Steve Reid (drummer for Dionne Warwick and Sun Ra) have the last of their collaborations released in such a fashion. Joined by the similarly un-categorizable Swedish reedman Mats Gustafsson, Live at the South Bank is an onslaught of sound: While Reid builds and defuses the rhythms, Hebden loops thumb pianos, electronic jags, and jet-engine roars, as Gustafsson veers from Dixieland drone to Ayler cry. None of the three go gently into that good night."-(8/10 Spin Magazine)

"Born 1964 in Umeå, Northern Sweden.Saxplayer, improviser and composer. Solo artist and international tours and projects with a.o. Sonic Youth, Merzbow, Jim O´Rourke, Barry Guy, Otomo Yoshihide, Yoshimi, Ken Vandermark and in working groups The Thing, FIRE!, Gush, Boots Brown, Swedish Azz and Fake (the facts). Large ensemble work with Barry Guy New Orchestra,FIRE! Orchestra and the NU - ensemble.over 1800 concerts and over 200 record productions in Europe, Australia, Africa, North & South America and Asia.Collaborations with contemporary dance, theater, art, poetry as well as projects with noise, electronica, contemporary rock and free jazz.Discaholic - running the discaholic corner website.Producer of international festivals and concert tours as well as work with own record labels Slottet, OlofBright Editions and Blue Tower Records."-Mats Gustafsson Website (

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Product Information:

UPC: 600116081117

Label: Smalltown Superjazzz
Catalog ID: STSJ 211LP
Squidco Product Code: 15238

Format: 2 LPs
Condition: New
Released: 2011
Country: Norway
Packaging: 2 LPs
Recorded live at the South Bank, London, on June 20th, 2009 by Barry Gardner.


Kieran Hebden-electronics

Steve Reid-drums

Mats Gustafsson-saxophone, slide saxophone

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