CD Review: Rufus Reid "Quiet Pride: The Elizabeth Catlett Project"

July 21, 2014

On Rufus Reid’s ambitious new project, the 70-year-old jazz legend channeled inspiration from famed artist Elizabeth Catlett’s work and composed a six-part movement using a 20-piece orchestra to accompany his upright. Reid’s profound vision comes to life beginning with the ominously bowed opening of “Prelude to Recognition,” which flows into “Recognition,” a powerfully contrasting jazz tune with cleverly phrased walking lines over syncopated drumbeats. As the album concludes with the big band sound of “Glory,” Reid takes a victory lap while displaying the rich, ruminative lines that have solidified him as a jazz staple.

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