The Exchange Session Vol. 2 - Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid
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  • Summary: This is the second of two releases from an improvised collaboration between pop and jazz drummer Reid and folktronica artist Hebden (Four Tet, Fridge).
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Naysayers may argue that none of the tracks needs to be as long as they are (at 16 minutes and two seconds, We Dream Free is the shortest) but sounds as subtle as these need room to spread out just as a fine wine needs room to breathe.
  2. 80
    As strong as volume one, Hebden and Reid's finale to their improvised sessions is worthy of an encore. [Jul/Aug 2006, p.124]
  3. 80
    The stumbling spontaneity is refreshing. [Jul 2006, p.95]
  4. The Exchange Session’s second volume retreads the same path that Hebden and Reid took earlier, but they truly go places this time around.
  5. Free jazz fiends and fans of the first volume will find plenty to love here.
  6. There are few compelling reasons to listen to The Exchange Session Vol. 2 more than once.
  7. [By "We Dream Free"] it all starts to loosen up and swing a bit more. But even here it ends up treading water. [#269, p.42]

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