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R|E|D|S

Sign of Four

ORIGIN 82586

“...this is a fine set of intimate and free-flowing Jazz.”
-Jerome Wilson, Cadence

Baritone saxophonist Ed Epstein formed R/E/D/S (Roupé/Epstein/Drud/Schelin) out of a desire to develop material with his old friend Bjarne Roupé, professor of guitar at Copenhagen's world-renowned Rhythmic Conservatory. Along with bassist Göran Schelin, a major jazz voice in the Copenhagen/Malmoe region, and Dennis Drud, one of Denmark's more dynamic young drummers, the band creates an intimate and interactive session of new music. Originally a product of the late '60s west coast jazz scene, Epstein has been based in Sweden since the early '70s.

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TRACKS:

1. Sign of Four 6:18
2. Last Call 4:57
3. Space Acre 4:36
4. Ms. T 6:55
5. Cambodia 6:15
6. Miles Across 3:46
7. Tuca's Song 3:29
8. This Is 5:47
9. Fortune Cookies 5:15
10. Trekvarts Blues 2:58

PERFORMERS:

R|E|D|S is:
Ed Epstein - baritone saxophone
Bjarne Roupé - guitar
Göran Schelin - bass
Dennis Drud - drums

PRODUCTION:

Produced by Berno Paulsson & Ed Epstein
Recorded & mixed by Berno Paulsson
at Berno Studio, Malmoe, Sweden, July 2009
Mastered by Patrik Wullf at Berno Studio
Cover photo by Bernard Benke
Band photography by Ole Torp-Pedersen
Design & layout by John Bishop

REVIEWS:

AllAboutJazz.com (C. Michael Bailey)
R|E|D|S is a quartet made up of an American expatriate and three Danes: baritone saxophonist Ed Epstein, guitarist Bjarne Roupe, bassist Goran Schelin and drummer Dennis Drud. Epstein and Roupe are close friends, and the saxophonist wanted a vehicle in which to collaborate with the guitarist. With this exegesis, the quartet was born. The bariton ...
Jazz Society of Oregon (Kyle O'Brien)
The acronym moniker stands for the four musicians in this quartet — guitarist Bjarne Roupe, baritone saxophonist Ed Epstein, drummer Dennis Drud, and bassist Goran Schelin. This is northern European jazz, in that three of the players are based in Denmark and one in Sweden (though Epstein, father of saxophonist Pete Epstein, is an Oregon native). It ...
Cadence (Jerome Wilson)
Sign of Four is by a simpler quartet formation with guitar and baritone sax as the leads. Epstein plays a mobile and hard swinging baritone that brings Serge Chaloff to mind, especially in his ballad work. While Roupe has a thick, cushiony guitar sound reminiscent of Abercrombie or Coryell. The two of them really mix it p and dance on "Last Call ...

 

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