Mike Reed’s People, Places & Things – October 24, 8 p.m.
MIKE REED’S PEOPLE, PLACES & THINGS
7:30 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show
Frederic March Play Circle 800 Langdon St., Madison (Memorial Union, 2nd fl)
Mike Reed’s People, Places & Things will embark on their first North American tour in October, supporting the recently released Stories & Negotiations (482 Music).
Commissioned by The Jazz Institute’s “Made in Chicago” series, and recorded live in Chicago’s Millennium Park in summer 2008, Stories and Negotiations completes a trilogy of recordings devoted to a remarkable, but often overlooked era in Chicago music: the years between 1954 and 1960, when the jam-session culture of the city’s hard bop scene began to seed the collective avant-garde of the AACM, and its’ successors.
– Downbeat Critics Poll
“The Chicago band People, Places & Things, led by the drummer Mike Reed, has dedicated itself to Chicago post-bop, as repertory and inspiration for its excellent third record, “Stories and Negotiations” (482 Music) … Greg Ward, whose long and searching alto saxophone solo in “Third Option” is one of the best things I’ve heard on record this year.”
– Ben Ratliff, The New York Times
“Conceived by one of Chicago’s most promising young musicians, the evening merged two generations of instrumentalists to often stunning effect. At the core of the music-making was Chicago drummer Mike Reed’s innovative People, Places and Things band. Each of its players thrives at the razor’s edge of the Chicago jazz avant-garde, and each commands a following of his own.”
– Chicago Tribune, Howard Reich
“Over the past year the quartet People, Places & Things, led by drummer Mike Reed, has grown into the most electrifying jazz band in town.”
– The Chicago Reader, Peter Margasak
“The group has done its’ homework by learning the idioms and ideas… they’ve worked to reconcile what they’ve learned with their knowledge of contemporary ways. These ensembles don’t simply re-create; they create.”
– DownBeat, Bill Meyer