Kieran Hebden/Steve Reid/Mats Gustafsson, 'Live at the South Bank' (Smalltown Superjazz)

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Live at the South Bank
Critical Mass
Release Date: November 15, 2011
Label: Smalltown Superjazz

by SPIN Staff

For such adventurous jazz players, this Europe-only double live album was almost a prerequisite, a hard-blowing session far outside the confines of your typical American label. So it's fitting that Four Tet's Kieran Hebden and the recently deceased Steve Reid (drummer for Dionne Warwick and Sun Ra) have the last of their collaborations released in such a fashion. Joined by the similarly un-categorizable Swedish reedman Mats Gustafsson, Live at the South Bank is an onslaught of sound: While Reid builds and defuses the rhythms, Hebden loops thumb pianos, electronic jags, and jet-engine roars, as Gustafsson veers from Dixieland drone to Ayler cry. None of the three go gently into that good night.

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