Release Date: Mar 7, 2006
Record label: Domino
Genre(s): Indie, Electronic, Experimental, Jazz
The Exchange Session, Vol. 1 is the second collaboration between Four Tet's Kieran Hebden and jazz drummer extraordinaire Steve Reid. The pair first collaborated on Reid's excellent Spirit Walk album. There was one tune on that set, "Drum Story," where Hebden and Reid played without the rest of the latter's band.
Most of the electronic musicians who assert a jazz influence have no more connection to jazz than a liquor ad with a trumpet hook. They never engage with the music’s tradition of rhythmic challenge or show much comprehension of its processes, just a yen its aura of cool. You have to give Kieran Hebden, a.k.a. Four Tet, credit for having the guts to back up his words with musical action; over the past year he’s thrown himself into the crucible by recording and touring with veteran drummer Steve Reid (Martha & the Vandellas, Sun Ra, Miles Davis).