Nova by Steve Reid on Soul Jazz Records (the album is a black and white photograph of Steve Reid wearing a demin jacket over a turtle-neck sweater and sunglasses; the artist name and album title are written in white uppercase text across the top of the sleeve)

Steve Reid - Nova


  • £24.99

Nova is the debut album by radical jazz drummer, and founder of The Legendary Master Brotherhood, Steve Reid, originally released in 1976 on his own Mustevic Sound label. 

Born in the South Bronx, Steve Reid grew up in Queens, New York, and played in the house band at Harlem’s Apollo Theatre, accompanying James Brown, as well as playing in Sun Ra’s Arkestra. Literally surrounded by some of the greatest musicians of his time, he lived three blocks from John Coltrane, and worked in a department store with Ornette Coleman. He began his career as a teenager in the 1960's as a drummer at Motown when he played on Martha and The Vandellas’ ‘Heatwave’ aged just fourteen years old. 

At the end of the 1960's Reid was sentenced to four years in jail as a conscientious objector of the Vietnam war. On his release from prison in 1974 he formed the Legendary Master Brotherhood and started the independent record label, Mustevic Sound, to release his debut LP, the first in a series of stunning independent records released by Reid in the 1970's, matching the experimental improvisation of free jazz and avant-garde with the distinct groove and swagger of the decade. The result is a brilliantly cool and thrilling record. 


  1. Nova 
  2. Lions Of Juda 
  3. Free Spirits - Unknown 
  4. Long Time Black 
  5. Sixth House 


  • Limited edition one-off pressing 
  • Pressed on translucent red vinyl edition 
  • Sleeve reproduces the full original artwork 
  • Contains download coupon 




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