All About Jazz

Home » Musicians » Rufus Reid

Rufus Reid Rufus Reid

Rufus Reid, one of today's premiere bassists on the international jazz scene, with his reputation firmly established in the education arena, now adds composition to his vitae. Rufus participated in the BMI Jazz Composer's Workshop for five years which has empowered him to move more deeply into the composing arena. He won the Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Award for his composition, “Skies Over Emilia.” His composition, “Whims of the Blue Bird” is the result of this award's commission. This has led to further commissions. He has written for string orchestra, jazz ensembles large and small, concert band, double bass ensemble pieces and a solo bass composition.

Rufus recorded this trio album after several outings with Steve Allee and Duduka Da Fonseca. The power, the magical chemistry , the very joy this trio has is very evident on this recording by Motéma. It is Reid’s remarkable celebration of a passion for musical diversity, and his first recording with these two colleagues who sharethe spotlight. Released March, 2010 The Rufus Reid “Out Front” Trio Enhanced CD Steve Allee - piano ~ Duduka Da Fonseca - drums

Rufus Reid's CD/DVD recording by Motéma Music was recorded October 13, 2006, at Washington, DC's venerable national home for the performing arts, and released May 29, 2007. This CD/DVD set features diverse moods and textures ranging from his dynamic opening jaunt “Come Out and Play,” one of many compelling, accessible original compositions on the disc to “Ode to Angela,” by Harold Land, “Heroes” by Billy Childs, and a sensitive solo bass interpretation of Duke Ellington's classic, “Sophisticated Lady.” This package also includes a special in-depth feature, “Meet Rufus Reid.” Available now! Click on “Recordings.”

Read more




Album Terrestrial Dance by Rufus Reid

Terrestrial Dance

Newvelle Records

Album Quiet Pride by Rufus Reid

Quiet Pride

Motéma Music

Album Hues of a Different Blue by Rufus Reid

Hues of a Different...

Motéma Music

Album Out Front by Rufus Reid

Out Front

Motéma Music

Album Long Ago Today by Rufus Reid

Long Ago Today

Self Produced

Album Live at the Kennedy Center by Rufus Reid

Live at the Kennedy...

Motéma Music



Shop Amazon

All About Jazz needs your support

All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.