Raymond Strid

Photograph of Raymond Strid

Photograph by Lars Jönsson.

Born Stockholm, 1956; drums, percussion.

Raymond Strid started to play the drums relatively late. As he had become addicted to listening to music, sometimes spending eight ours a day in front of the stereo, he was encouraged to start playing himself (and to this day, he is still a dedicated listener and audiophile). With no musical background he thought the drums would be the easiest instrument to learn. He was particularly inspired by some of the European master drummers like Han Bennink, Paul Lytton and Tony Oxley.

Strid's first concert was 30 September 1977 and he subsequently performed in a variety of local groups in Stockholm. In 1988 he formed the Swedish trio GUSH together with Mats Gustafsson and Sten Sandell. From that point work has also included a wide number of groupings and projects such as Guy/Gustafsson/Strid, Crispell/Jormin/ Strid and the free jazz trio LSB (Fredrik Ljungkvist and Johan Berthling). The Electrics (Axel Dörner, Sture Ericson and Ingebrigt Flaten) was formed in 2000 and that same year he became a member of the Barry Guy New Orchestra. Strid has been touring and participating at major improvisation festivals in Europe and North America. He also considers that, since around 2005, his playing moves stylistically between free improvisation and free jazz, sometimes mixing the two. Raymond Strid also teaches improvisation, methods and aesthetics.

Further information

Gustafsson, M., Hultberg, E., and Millroth, T. (n.d.), Solo improvisation & interpretation: essays. Almföf Edition. 48pp. ISBN 91 9719 200 7. Strid on p. 15.
Hult, Harald (1995). Raymond Strid blindfold. Gränslöst, no. 2. (in Swedish)
O'Driscol, Declan (1998). Raymond Strid interview. Rubberneck, 27 (June).
Holmberg, Gunnar (2006). Raymond Strid: Har hittat sin egen trumstil. DIG no.1, 2006. http://www.digmusic.se/Artiklar.Raymond%20Strid.html (in Swedish).


1988, Now or never, Bauta Rec BAR 8803. Sten Sandell.
1989, Tjo och tjim, Dragon DRLP192. Gush and Sven-Åke Johansson.
1989, Sounds: Contemporary Swedish improvised music, Blue Tower records BTLP 01/02.
1990, From things to sounds, Dragon DRCD 204. Gush
1991, Far from equilibrium, Alice Musik Production ALCD 007. Duo with Paul Pignon.
1993, muntmunt, Blue Tower records BTCD04. Christian Munthe.
1994, Spring tour, Alice Musik Production ALCD 013. Crispell/Jormin/Strid.
1994, Gushwachs, Bead CD002. Gush and Phil Wachsmann.
1994/1995, You forget to answer, Maya MCD 9601. Guy/Gustafsson/Strid.
1996, gryffgryffgryffs, Music & Arts CD-1003. Guy, Gustafsson, Strid, Crispell.
1996, Live at Fasching, Dragon DRCD 313. Gush.
1996, Live in Tampere, Dragon DRCD 327. Gush.
1996, Electric eel, QBICO 30. Gush.
1997, Hidros one (1997), Caprice 21566.
1998, Die harke und der spaten, Umlaut Records UMFR-CD04. Sven-Åke Johansson.
1998, Scratch match, Penumbra CD009. Duo with Michael Zerang.
1999, Sounds 99, Blue Tower Records BTCD 09/10/11.
2000, Inscape - Tableaux, Intakt CD 066. Barry Guy New Orchestra.
2000, Walk, stop, look and walk, Crazy Wisdom 004. LSB.
2000, Chain of accidents, Ayler Records aylCD-035. The Electrics.
2000, Here there, Fylkingen FYSP 1005. Lehn - Strid. vinyl 7".
2001, Two days in December, Wobbly Rail WOB-012. Ken Vandermark.
2002, Bulbs, Slamcd 250. Unsolicited Music Ensemble.
?, 25th NWM, Ninth World Music NWM0 25 CD. One track on compilation CD.
2003, Tidszon, Creative sources CS 014. UNSK.
2003, Fungus, moserobie CD014. LSB.
2003, In winds, in light, ECM 981 1231 (ECM 1866). Anders Jormin.
2003, Norrköping, Atavistic ALP161CD. Gush.
2004, Oort-Entropy, Intakt CD 101. Barry Guy New Orchestra.
2004, Moserobie Jazz Manifesto, Moserobie CDBOX 01. LSB on this compilation box.
2005, Live at the Glenn Miller Café, Ayler Records aylCD-034. The Electrics.
2006, Free The Jazz Free The Jazz Discs FREE#1. Eric Oscarsson and the Perspectives.
2006, Live at the Glenn Miller Café, Ayler aylDL-054. Martin Küchen Trio. Available only as a digital download.
2006, 9 moments, Red Toucan 9333. Houle/Léandre/Strid.
2006, Tarfala, Maya Recordings MCD0801. Guy/Gustafsson/Strid.
2007, Beam stone, psi 09.02. Nilsson/Sandell/Strid.
2007, "...was there to illuminate the night sky...", Clean Feed CF149CD. Trespass Trio.
2008/9, Yellow bell, Umlaut Records UMLÅDA2. Duo with Roland Keijser.
2009, Last seen headed, Ayler Records AYLCD-096. Joëlle Léandre/François Houle/Raymond Strid.
2009, Wazifa, psi 10.04. Thomas/Strid/Thomas.
2009, Kege Snö, Umlaut Records umcd0010.
2009, Syzygy, No Business Records NBLP35. Tarfala Trio.
2010, Mad dogs, Not Two 902-2 (5CD set). Barry Guy New Orchestra small formations.
2011, Bruder Beda, Clean Feed CF251CD. Trespass Trio.
2012, Human encore, Clean Feed CF269CD. Trespass Trio + Joe McPhee.
2012, Mad dogs on the loose, Not Two 925-2 (4CD set). Barry Guy New Orchestra small formations.
2013, Amphi - Radio rondo, Intakt CD 235. Barry Guy New Orchestra.

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