Absolutely exhilarating
Kieran Hedben, Steve Reid & Mats Gustafsson - Live At The South Bank

The culmination of Hebden and Reid’s fruitful collaborations is an entirely fitting tribute to Reid, the legendary behemoth of percussion who passed away last year. A triumph of live virtuoso improvisation it features fierce drumming and swirling synthesised psychedelia amidst the strains of saxophonist Mats Gutafsson and Hebden’s electronics.

Expanding on the tracks laid down on the album ‘NYC’, these performers together sound like proton pack streams colliding spectacularly, always one step ahead of the listener. Unapologetic, progressive and complex, it’s adventurous, indulgent post jazz, brimming with spirit. Absolutely exhilarating.

8/10

Words by ANNA WILSON
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