Tomeka Reid Quartet
Just as her AACM sister and frequent collaborator Nicole Mitchell has transformed the flute as an improvising musician with her earthy power, Tomeka Reid has brought new vitality and breadth to the cello with her uncommon blend of ethereal spirit and fierce emotion. Straddling jazz and classical styles, she has led one of the best new music trios around and made major contributions to the bands of many notable artists, including Anthony Braxton, Myra Melford, George Lewis, Dave Rempis and Fred Lonberg-Holm.
The superb east-midwest quartet Reid will lead today will add another notch to her string-slinging belt. Coming in from New York to join her will be Mary Halvorson, considered the free jazz guitarist of her generation, and drummer Tomas Fujiwara. And Reid’s fellow Chicagoan Jason Roebke will play bass. Reid, Halvorson and Fujiwara played together at the 2011 Chicago Jazz Festival in Mike Reed’s Living by Lanterns ensemble – performing pieces inspired by archived Sun Ra tapes. Here’s hoping they fete the 100th birthday boy today.