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RIP Steve Reid

April 14, 2010

It was only a few weeks ago that I was with Steve. He was in Harlem – he’d called me to say he had cancer and asked me to come round and start writing his book. We’d spoken about it in the past – t was the least I could do for a man who gave me so much love and energy – he, out of all the musicians I’ve met and known really ‘got’ it… he’d heard about me and had started sending me tapes way back… everytime we met we clicked – I’m so sad today – I don’t quite know how to react to the shocking news that he’s gone from this planet and that I’ll never get to hear him say “Stay in the rhythms Gilles…”

Gilles P

For a glimpse of Steve’s rare talent, check his drum intro at the Worldwide Awards in 2008 over HERE.