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Steve Reid - Odyssey Of The Oblong Square, Gold Vinyl LP

Steve Reid - Odyssey Of The Oblong Square, Gold Vinyl LP


 Steve Reid - Odyssey Of The Oblong Square, Gold Vinyl LP

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New special one-off pressing edition gold vinyl edition of this intense and radical jazz classic album.


"A Truly Phenomenal Artist' Gilles Peterson

"Steve Reid is one of the greatest drummers. He is a musical genius." Kieran Hebden, Four Tet

“Reflects the spirit of a generation- Art Ensemble of Chicago, John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, the Black Artists Group.” The Wire.


'Odyssey of the Oblong Square' was originally self-released by Steve Reid in 1977 and featuring heavyweight players Arthur Blythe, Charles Tyler, David Wertman and Muhammad Abdullah.

Drummer extraordinaire and legend, Vietnam conscientious objector, ex-Black Panther, Reid has played with everyone from James Brown to Sun Ra, Fela Kuti and Miles Davis, friend of John Coltrane, worked at Motown who in the latter part of his career worked extensively with Kieran Hebden following his path a radical, revolutionary music up until his untimely death in 2010.

Soul Jazz Records are re-releasing this rarest release of deep heavyweight jazz by Steve Reid and The Master Brotherhood, entitled ‘Odyssey of the Oblong Square’ first released over thirty five years ago on Steve Reid’s own Mustevic Sound record label (where it came out in an edition of 1000 copies) and has been a serious collectors album ever since.

These special gold vinyl and CD editions are both one-off pressings, which, like the original, are limited to 1000 copies worldwide.

Steve Reid became known worldwide for his radical collaborations with Kieren Hebden after they first recorded together on the Steve Reid Ensemble album Spirit Walk released on Soul Jazz in 2005, releasing five joint releases together in the following years.

Steve Reid is steeped in musical history and a true pioneer of US deep left-field jazz. He played in Sun Ra’s Arkestra, was a Motown session drummer and backed James Brown at the Apollo! He was a Black Panther, imprisoned during the Vietnam war as a conscientious objector and lived in Africa in the early 1970s. Reid worked with Freddie Hubbard, Gary Bartz, Ornette Coleman, Lester Bowie, Fela Kuti, Leon Thomas, Miles Davis and many more in his long illustrious and groundbreaking career.

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