Kieran Hebden, Steve Reid and Mats Gustafsson – Live at the South Bank

Live at the South Bank

Superficially, the pairing of Kieran Hebden and the late Steve Reid was an unlikely one. Reid had been drumming for almost twenty years before Hebden was even born, with everyone from Martha and the Vandellas to Sun Ra Arkestra. Hebden was the ex-post rocker who’d broken free of the usual accusations of electronica being ‘cold’ and ‘soulless’ via free-ranging, imaginative music, built from a palette including field recordings, live percussion and musique concrete. He was lumbered with the clumsy portmanteau ‘folktronica.’ Reid is quoted saying theirs was “a special relationship, like Miles and Coltrane, or Dizzy and Bird.” Incredible praise on the surface of it…

Read the rest of this post at The Quietus.

This article first appeared on The Quietus on 17 November 2011.

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