For his sixth CD with his longstanding People, Places & Things Quartet, drummer/composer/impresario Mike Reed has concocted 'A New Kind Of Dance' (482 Music). As with previous CDs by this quartet, he has sweetened the pot again by inviting guests. This time Matthew Shipp on piano and trumpet man Marquis Hill (who makes Reed's usual two-sax attack that much more powerful) join in. The result is a wild joyride through originals and carefully chosen covers of tunes you would expect (Billy Strayhorn's "Star Crossed Lovers") and tunes you would not expect ("Fear Not of Man" by rapper Mos Def and "Markovsko Horo," a traditional Bulgarian folk dance).
In 1965, on Chicago's Southside, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians was formed. 50 years later, it's still going and growing strong. On 'Artifacts' (482 Music), three of its most distinguished members--Nicole Mitchell, Tomeka Reid and Mike Reed--look back yet look forward at the same time in celebration of the AACM.