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Listen to Electric Beethoven’s “The Ninth,” a funky interpretation of Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Ode To Joy.”
Listen to “For Elise,” a new Electric Beethoven single based on Beethoven’s “Für Elise.”
Watch Steve Kimock & Friends featuring Reed Mathis, Jeff Chimenti, John Kimock and Leslie Mendelson perform on Wednesday at Sweetwater Music Hall.
Steve Kimock reached deep into his repertoire for the first of three Steve Kimock & Friends shows at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, California.
Listen to Electric Beethoven’s “The Fifth,” the quartet’s first single for Eddie Roberts’ Color Red label.
Supergroup Golden Gate Wingmen will play an intimate venue in New York City this spring.
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About Reed Mathis
Reed Mathis likes to play the bass. He likes it a lot. He likes darn near every style of music he’s heard, and finds just about every role the bass gets to play immensely satisfying. If his life thus far is any indication, he has a neverending road of learning and fun to look forward to on his instrument.
Born into a musical family, Reed’s childhood training was anything but formal. Two organist/conductor grandfathers sowed the seeds, and a conductor/composer/cellist/voice-teacher father and a classically trained performing singer/pianist mother made sure great music was as much a part of daily life as breakfast. Reed could read (ha!) and write music years before he could read english, but he felt a strong inner urge to rebel and define himself, so he all but ignored the piano and cello lessions he was given, and it looked like he was headed for a life of slacker mediocrity. But, the good Lord smiled upon him, and Lo! a Fender Precision Bass was rained down upon him (by way of his multi-instrumentalist uncle, who was on hand to show him plenty of Zeppelin & Beatles). Finally allowed to explore without a teacher, Reed’s bass interest progressed rapidly from Metallica’s Cliff Burton through Primus, Rush, Hendrix, Minutemen, Weather Report, Coltrane, Bird, Miles, Monk, Ornette, musics of Cuba, West Africa, and India, Bob Wills, MMW, Aston Barrett, Squarepusher, Aphex Twin, Amon Tobin, Me’shell Ndegeocello, and on and on.
Then one day his friend Steve Pryor told him of a band called Zero, and threw on a video of the newly-formed group KVHW. Reed was speechless as he watched the quiet unassuming seated man with the most profound and affecting guitar voice he’d ever heard. “There it is,” he thought. “There’s someone who’s playing some REAL music. That cat has been around the old incarnation block a few times. Thank God someone is saying something worthwhile.” He slept well that night.
In 1994 Reed co-founded the group Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey with 7 other Oklahomans, and they spent the next 11 years (and counting) on the road, becoming a trio in 2000. Sometimes wild and experimental, sometimes delicate and beautiful, JFJO is nothing if not an honest exploration of the joy of improvising.
“Simply put, bassist Reed Mathis is the future of jazz bass, a wholly original voice pressing into the outer reaches of his instrument.” –All
JamBase will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a special show featuring The Camp Harry All-Stars, Big Light and Ron Artis II & The Truth at San Francisco’s The Chapel.
Young guitar prodigy Taz Niederauer was joined by P-Funk’s Eric McFadden and Dead & Co.’s Oteil Burbridge on Monday night.
The Flaming Lips will hit the road with The Claypool Lennon Delirium and Particle Kid for a 12-show summer tour.
Phish will soon release an official recording of their November 11, 1998 show at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan via LivePhish.
Episode 35 of ‘The JamBase Podcast’ features a double dose of “Tour Stories” segments after “The Rundown.” Zach Gill tells tales of a wild “BBQ” at an ALO show, meeting the president and jamming with Eddie Vedder, while Son Volt’s Jay Farrar recalls a pair of weird incidents during his time on the road.