Rufus Reid Presents Caelan Cardello


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In his long, distinguished career, veteran bassist Rufus Reid has played and recorded with the likes of Kenny Burrell, Donald Byrd, Thad Jones, and Dexter Gordon In January 2023, Reid and his double bass took the Klavierhaus stage at the New York Jazz Piano Festival Marathon. Young pianist Caelan Cardello sat down at a Fazioli Grand piano.

Following show promoter Jim Luce’s introduction, the duo dug into Thad Jones’ ”Mean What You Say” and Cedar Walton’s ”Bolivia.” Making lockstep musical magic, Cardello heeded Reid’s requests for solo space and produced fearless lyrical runs up and down the keyboard in service of the song. Only then did Reid tell the audience that the two had never played together. What transpired was a result of a short meeting between the musicians before the show.

”This should have been recorded,” said executive producer Michael Fremer to associate producer Robin Wyatt. ”It is!” Wyatt shot back. ”Our friend, recording engineer Duke Markos, is back there!”

”If it sounds good, this needs to be released on vinyl,” Fremer replied Wyatt, who agreed. As did Reid and Cardello.

Days later the producers learned Cardello is an alumna of the Jazz House Kids arts program developed by Melissa Walker and husband Christian McBride, and that the couple has been following his progress since he was an adolescent.

When the mix had been finalized, Fremer sent the files to Bob Ludwig so he could enjoy the music. Ludwig responded: ”Sounds great. I’d like to master this for you because in a few years everyone will know who Caelan Cardello is.”

Packaged in a Stoughton jacket and pressed at QRP, this record is one of Ludwig’s final projects before retiring. His touch is present in the grooves cut by Matthew Lutthans on the late Doug Sax’s Mastering Labs lathe.

Caelan Cardello – piano
Rufus Reid – bas

A1 Intro – Jim Luce
A2 Mean What You Say
A3 Bolivia
A4 Whims of Chambers
B1 It’s the Nights I Like
B2 Stablemates
B3 If You Could See Me Now

Ytterligare information

Vikt 360 g
Antal skivor



33 1/3




180 gram




Mastrad av

Bob Ludwig

Pressad av

Quality Record Pressings