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NAT REEVES

Nat Reeves was born and raised in Lynchburg, Virginia. An unusually late starter (much like Larry Willis), he didn't start playing until he was 16. He picked up the electric bass, self taught, and was soon playing in funk and soul bands that toured the East Coast during the '70s. A growing interest in jazz eventually attracted Nat to the acoustic contrabass. But he was 22 before playing his first licks on an acoustic bass! Still entirely self-taught—mostly by listening to Miles, Coltrane, Ron Carter and Paul Chambers—within a couple of years he was good enough to hit the early '80s New York jazz scene. Soon Nat was playing with rising young lions like Kenny Garrett, Mulgrew Miller and Tony Reedus. By 1982 he was touring Japan with saxophone giant Sonny Stitt.

That same year he attracted jazz legend Jackie McLean’s attention; Jackie asked him to join his band and to teach at the Hartt School as well as at Jackie's foundation, the Artist Collective. For the next twelve years, Nat's primary gig was touring and recording with Jackie's band; Nat appears on five of Jackie's recordings over this period. Their touring carried them over all five of the continents and to most of the world's major jazz festivals.

In 1995, Nat hooked up again with Kenny Garrett, touring with him internationally and recording four CDs over the subsequent years. Most recently, Nat has been playing and recording actively with piano icon Harold Mabern, as well as with saxophonist Eric Alexander and, of course, with Steve Davis.

Over the years, other jazz icons Nat has played and/or recorded with include Donald Byrd, Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Curtis Fuller, Art Taylor, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp, Pepper Adams, Walter Davis Jr., Andy Bey, Jimmy Cobb, Michael Carvin, Philly Joe Jones, Woody Shaw, and Cedar Walton. Nat’s discography now numbers over 40 records.

MAPLESHADE RELEASES

Alone Together (#10832)