Clyde Reed, bass
Versatile and inventive, bassist Clyde Reed is a consummate collaborator and sensitive group player, comfortable in a wide variety of musical settings. Reed has enjoyed long-term musical collaborations with internationally known artists Rob Blakeslee, Vinny Golia, Rich Halley, George Lewis, Paul Plimley, and Claude Ranger.
Reed is a founding member of the NOW Orchestra. This renowned Vancouver-based ensemble recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. The group has toured extensively in Europe and North America. They have worked with numerous outstanding contemporary improvising artists, including Barry Guy, Marilyn Crispell, George Lewis, Wadada Leo Smith, Pierre Tanquay, René Lussier, Butch Morris and John Oswald. CD releases include Pola (2006), The Shadowgraph Series (2001), WOWOW (1999), Le tour du bloc (1995) and Study: Witch Gong Game II/10 (1994).
Reed is also a core member of numerous highly regarded smaller ensembles including the Bruce Freedman Trio, which has been featured annually at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival since its inception and garnered positive reviews for its CD release Enormous Moments (2001). He has collaborated with Portland, Oregon based saxophonist Rich Halley for more than 20 years. The latest CD from this group is entitled Blue Rims - The Rich Halley Trio with Bobby Bradford (2005).
Reed also plays with Existential Angst Party, founded by Vancouver singer Viviane Houle. The band, which also includes Stefan Smulovitz (laptop/viola), and Brent Belke (guitar), released a self-titled CD in 2005. His most recent recording is Up Down Down Up - The Coat Cooke Trio, released in 2005. The trio, with saxophonist Coat Cooke and drummer Kenton Loewen, developed a loyal following through their legendary Monday night performances at The Cellar.
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