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R|E|D|S



R/E/D/S is the brainchild of the Sweden-based baritone saxophonist Ed Epstein, from his desire to form a band with his old friend Bjarne Roupé, professor of guitar at Copenhagen's world-renowned Rhythmic Conservatory. Göran Schelin is a major bass voice in the Copenhagen/Malmoe region, and Dennis Drud is one of Denmark's up-and-coming young drummers.

Baritone saxophonist Ed Epstein was born in El Paso, Texas, and raised in Texas and the Pacific Northwest. He started playing seriously in Eugene, the Bay-Area, and Seattle in the '60s, studying theory and compostion at the University of Oregon during that time. His "formative years" were spent learning from and playing with some of the great west-coast musicians of the time, including Steve Wolfe, Pete Brown, Mike Vannice, Bill Hannaford, Gary Beck, Dan O'Brian, Frank Speaker, Sonny King, Bill Thomas, Lowell Grauss, Pat Wallace, Joe Brazil, Jabbo Ward and other unsung heroes of the Bay Area and the Pacific Northwest. He moved to Sweden in the early 1970s and has since played, toured and recorded with Björn Alke, Fredrik Norén, Ibis/Gösta Nilsson, Bertil Strandberg, Göran Strandberg, Kornet, Hot Salsa (founding member), Sabu Martinez/Maldito Primitivo, Lars Beijbom, Karl Petermann, Jan Lundgren, Amedeo Nicoletti, Eric Bibb, Cyndee Peters, Peps Persson, Ralph Svensson, Johnny Dyani, Khan Jamal, Dudu Pukwana, Steve Lacy, Pierre Dørge, Emmanuel Rahim, Charles Tyler, The Mighty Chalkdust, Beijbom/Kroner Big Band, Tchando Embalo, Ayi Solomon and Nana Osibio, Melting Pot with Willie Mbuende, Continental Heat, Roy Okutani, various Erling Kroner ensembles (New Music Orchestra, Folk Dance Project) and a number of projects of his own, including the Epstein/Kroner Bari-Bone Connection.


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R|E|D|S
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