Creating a unique blend of vivid timbres and rich instrumental textures, Gift Horse explores a wealth of harmonic colors," wrote AllAboutJazz.com reviewer Troy Collins. Critics have also credited the group with creating a sophisticated soundscape evoking myriad moods" (Philip Booth, DownBeat) and assembling a fine cast of players, each with an uncommon ability to evoke a broad range of images as they interpret these beautifully complex compositions" (Elliott Simon, AllAboutJazz-New York). JazzTimes reviewer Forrest Dylan Bryant adds, Rob Reddy's Gift Horse sextet sounds like no other ensemble...the group creates a forward thinking, yet rustic sound that is of everyplace and no place."
Since the early 1990s," began Downtown Express contributor Harry Newman in a March 2007 feature article, Rob Reddy has been forging a way uniquely his own as a jazz composer, saxophone player and bandleader in New York." With the exception of brief stints with Reggie Workman and Ronald Shannon Jackson, he has worked exclusively under his own name, heading a variety of bands and recording six CDs. His latest, The Book of the Storm (Reddy Music), is his most ambitious yet, documenting the March 2007 world premiere of his four-movement piece of the same by his 19-piece ensemble, Rob Reddy's Small Town. Reddy recently completed a month-long October residency at Brooklyn's Jalopy Theater, during which he presented his new long-form suite, Episodes and Antinomies, commissioned by the American Composers Forum.