A dynamic, very aggressive, and animated yet disciplined drummer, Tony Reedus
initially gained attention as a member of Woody Shaw
's early-'80s band. He subsequently did other session work with such players as James Williams
and Mulgrew Miller
, and also led sessions for Jazz City and Enja in the '80s and '90s; his dates are still available on CD. Reedus
died suddenly on November 16, 2008, from a pulmonary embolism upon returning to New York from performing in Italy. He was 49 years old.