Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid | WIG171 | Released: 22/05/06
When I talked to Kieran a couple of years back, about from where he drew inspiration, he demurred saying that he really couldn't locate the sort of records he hoped would exist in the hinterlands of jazz, Krautrock and experimental electronic music. Since then, it seems - in addition to his ceaseless search for such illusive pearls - he's decided to start making his own. Steve Reid is the legendary drummer who in 1964 at 19 years of age played on Martha Reeves & the Vandellas' 'Dancing In The Street', and subsequently went on to play with Miles Davis, Fela Kuti and James Brown (think about that for a moment), not to mention Fats Domino, Sun Ra, Peggy Lee, Chaka Khan, Dexter Gordon, Dionne Warwick and many, many more.
Early in April this year, he went into The Exchange in Camden, London (where Kieran cuts his records) to extemporise with the young man from Four Tet. Wholly improvised, unedited and without overdubs, 'The Exchange Session Vol 2' is the second half of the real-time result of this fecund union.