Bamboo Forest

Bamboo Forest

by Steve Reid


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Bamboo Forest

Fans of the Rippingtons' live performances might be a little miffed at the mellow demeanor of the first solo outing by the band's wildman percussion/soundscapist Steve Reid. But as Reid's liner notes hint, it's his intention to take a journey through the Bamboo Forest, and this is a place of romance, mystery and exotic images, no splashy thunderstorms. Despite expert use of at least a hundred world beat toys, Reid doesn't exactly push his pulse rate past mid range. Rather, he writes thoughtful, cool and fanciful tunes that sort of waft off the disc instead of jump. He often doubles effectively as a synthesist, aiming for mood and texture rather than percussive insanity. The real stars here are the flutes of fellow Ripps Jeff Kashiwa and Sheridon Stokes, tender acoustic guitars by David Patt and Pat Kelley, and provocative vocal jaunts by Bill Cantos and Kevyn Lettau. It's not as exciting a coming out party as might be expected from such a rhythm ace, but Reid's music is often as beautiful as the astounding cover art on this mystical disc.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/30/1994
UPC: 0013178946223
catalogNumber: 9462

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steve Reid   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Percussion,Castanets,Chimes,Conga,Keyboards,Stick,Tambourine,Bells,Shaker,cowbell
Terry Wollman   Acoustic Guitar
Brian Bromberg   Fretless Bass Guitar
Pat Kelley   Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Hi String
Dave Koz   Soprano Saxophone
Lisa Franco   Harp
Steve Bailey   Fretless Bass Guitar
Bill Cantos   Vocals
Gary Herbig   Soprano Saxophone
Jeff Kashiwa   Alto Flute
Kevyn Lettau   Vocals
Tom McMorran   Piano
David Patt   Acoustic Guitar
Mark Schulman   Drums
Sheridon Stokes   Flute,Alto Flute,Bass Flute
David Scheffler   Synthesizer,fender rhodes
David Young   Flute,Recorder

Technical Credits

Steve Reid   Arranger,Producer
Sheridon Stokes   Bass Programming
Brian Springer   Engineer

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