The Separatist Party

  • Brand: Mike Reed
  • Product Code: mikereed-TheSeparatistParty
Artist : Mike Reed
Label : We Jazz
Format : LP - Black Vinyl
Condition : New
Released : 2023
Genre : Nu Jazz Jazz
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Chicago drummer, bandleader, and composer Mike Reed presents his new work "The Separatist Party", co-released by We Jazz Records and Astral Spirits on 27 October 2023. The album features Ben LaMar Gay, Bitchin Bajas and Marvin Tate, and it's written and performed as a sound track to the news essay, “The Lonely Death of George Bell” by N.R. Kleinfield. Long before the Covid-19 pandemic, Mike Reed had been thinking about isolation, haunted by a 2015 story in the New York Times about the death of a resident named George Bell. He was a hoarder who passed away at home, his body undiscovered for nearly a week. Authorities couldn’t locate next of kin and struggled to put the pieces of his life together, like so many other humans whose existence becomes ghost-like, passing the days utterly alone even within a city as bustling as New York—a kind of unofficial quarantine. After a couple of years in which personal interactions were limited, if not prohibited, Reed gathered a group of musicians to put sound to those thoughts of forced seclusion at the beginning of January 2022. He brought together some of the most creative figures in Chicago’s experimental and improvised music community, cornetist Ben LaMar Gay and poet and spoken word artist Marvin Tate—both of whom worked on his 2017 project Flesh and Bone, and who sporadically joined him in an improvising trio—along with the members of Bitchin Bajas (multi-instrumentalists Rob Frye, Cooper Crain, and Dan Quinlivan). He called the new group the Separatist Party, a name he had occasionally used for ad hoc live performances, as well as a title for an old Flesh and Bone tune. It seemed to fit the context perfectly, echoing the loner persona all six musicians transmit at times.

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