As part of Ornette Coleman’s Meltdown, Keiran Hebden and Steve Reid brought their collaborative show to The Front Room at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on Saturday night.
Hebden, best known for his laptop folktronica under his Four Tet alias and Reid, a masterful drummer who has laid down rhythms for James Brown and Miles Davis have been collaborating over a number of years creating experimental jazz. For this unique show, they were joined by Swedish Jazz saxophonist Mats Gustafsson. Gustafsson’s free jazz style was the perfect accompaniment to Reid’s off-kilter rhythms, and Hebden’s textured electronics.
It was clear that the all three musicians were highly skilled in their field, and the interplay was intriguing and thrilling. Reid’s dexterous drumming was arguably the highlight show, and he was always mesmerising to watch. Whilst the performance was often challenging, there were more accessible moments and was a truly enthralling and musically adventurous evening.