Mike Reed: Jazz Timekeeper, Rock Tastemaker

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NPR Music presents a feature on Mike Reed.

NPR.org, December 3, 2008 – You have to hand it to Chicago-based jazz drummer, bandleader and concert presenter Mike Reed: The guy knows how to shape an aesthetic. As the force behind the Pitchfork Music Festival, he’s created an annual Mecca for the discerning rock geek, a bargain-priced event with an uncommonly focused vision.

Although he’s said that his Pitchfork post and his jazz gig don’t intertwine all that much, his own music exhibits similar taste-making deliberation. Earlier this fall, Reed released two terrific jazz recordings simultaneously: Proliferation, with a group he calls People, Places & Things; and The Speed of Change, with a quintet he’s dubbed Loose Assembly.

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