this classic album of deep jazz was originally released in 1976. steve reid is one of the featured artists on soul jazz records >universal sounds of america< alongside the art ensemble of chicago, sun ra and pharoah sanders. this record has never been released in the uk and was limited to 1000 copies in the usa in 1976! steve reid has played with, amongst others, freddie hubbard, jackie mclean, dionne warwicke, archie shepp, chief bey, olatunji, arthur blythe, lester bowie, dextor gordon, gary bartz, james brown, dee dee bridgewater, sam rivers, leon thomas, fela kuti, fats domino, miles davis, sun ra, lonnie smith, horace silver! he has played in the house band at harlem s apollo theatre, accompanying james brown, as well as playing in sun ra s arkestra! also, steve reid lived next to john coltrane, worked in a department store with ornette coleman, has a son who is the drummer for nwa, spent two years in jail as a conscientious objector of vietnam, played drums on martha and the vandellas >heatwave< (aged 14), released records on his own mustevic sound label in the 1970s and is a very cool person.