Critics have called saxophonist/composer Rob Reddy "a versatile and adventurous saxophonist" (Scott Yanow, All Music Guide) and "an impressive and open-minded tunesmith" (Troy Collins, AllAboutJazz.com), noting that he "sounds, and dares to sound, like no one but himself" (Brian Morton, Jazz Review). "Since the early 1990s," wrote Harry Newman in a recent feature article in Downtown Express, "Rob Reddy has been forging a way uniquely his own as a jazz composer, saxophone player and bandleader in New York."
Since forming his first band in 1989, a trio featuring legendary bassist Reggie Workman and drummer Pheeroan akLaff, Reddy has worked almost exclusively as a leader, with the exception of brief stints with Workman's ensemble and Ronald Shannon Jackson's Decoding Society in the early 90's. For the rest of that decade, Reddy would helm a prototypical sextet called Rob Reddy's Honor System, documented on his first two recordings, 1996's Post-War Euphoria (Songlines Recordings) and 1999's Songs That You Can Trust (Koch Jazz).
Two other CDs, 2000's However Humble (Koch Jazz) and 2001's Seeing
By The Light Of My Own Candle (Knitting Factory Records), would follow early
in the new millennium, demonstrating Reddy's expanding palette, as well
as a growing roster of notable collaborators, including bassist Dom Richards,
drummer Guillermo E. Brown, violinist Charles Burnham, cellist Rufus
Cappadocia, and trumpeter John Carlson among others.
In October 2006, he founded the Reddy Music label, and released his first recording in five years, A Hundred Jumping Devils, featuring a new sextet called Rob Reddy's Gift Horse, featuring Burnham, Richards, French hornist Mark Taylor, guitarist Brandon Ross and percussionist Mino Cinelu. The CD received critical praise and earned Reddy a commission from Chamber Music America to write new music for the band.
His second Reddy Music release, September 2007's The Book of the Storm, features an all-star 19-piece group he calls Rob Reddy's Small Town performing the hour-long title piece live at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center (TPAC) in March 2007. This impressive large-scale work was commissioned by the New York State Council on the Arts and the Jerome Foundation.
In the spring of 2007, Reddy expanded his label's presence by creating the Reddy Music Concert Series, a monthly series presenting double-bill concerts at Brooklyn's Jalopy Theater. Other upcoming projects include recording a new CD with his working quartet and reassembling his ten-piece ensemble, Rob Reddy's Tenfold, for performances in late 2009.
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