Mike Reed's People, Places & Things' "Stories and Negotiations"
Perhaps it’s the Ellingtonian horn polyphony (including two trombones), or maybe it’s the loose-limbed propulsion leader Mike Reed brings to the proceedings, reminiscent of Mingus’ man Dannie Richmond in the way his traps always support the compositions. The band swings relentlessly, with a forward motion that’s always organic, never slick, and the improvised statements feature more interplay than a conventional string-of-solos approach would allow. Most valuable player on the date is bassist Jason Roebke, who provides a solid foundation of agile, muscular lines. There are reminders here of how “in the tradition” Sun Ra truly was – dig his bluesy holler “El is a Sound of Joy” or Priester’s “Urnack,” first recorded by Ra’s Arkestra in ’56, which starts out otherworldly, then stomps off on “I Got Rhythm” changes. Reed’s a 21st century bandleader worthy of mention alongside Ra and Mingus. Cop via 482music.com.