|Tags:||jazz trumpet hard bop bebop|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s|
Alphonso Son Reece, 5 January 1931, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. After playing in Jamaica as a young teenager, trumpeter Reece moved to the UK in 1948. Over the next few years he established a reputation in the UK and throughout Europe, working mostly with bop musicians like Kenny Graham, Victor Feldman and Tubby Hayes. Reece also occasionally played with leading swing era figures such as Don Byas. At the end of the 50s, an especially active period of creative work, Reece settled in the USA. There he played with Duke Jordan, Philly Joe Jones and others, and made occasional and usually well-spaced return trips to Europe with bands such as that led by Dizzy Gillespie and the Paris Reunion Band. Since then sightings have been few, although he did break his silence by performing in Harlem in 2007. A technically gifted player with an eclectic yet distinctive playing style, Reece has not been recorded as frequently or as well as his talent deserves.