Reid had been battling cancer

James Brown and Miles Davis collaborator Steve Reid has died aged 66.

The American drummer, who was battling cancer, passed away in his sleep earlier today (April 13).

Reid started playing professionally at the age of 16 and had his first recorded work with Martha And The Vandellas, working in the Apollo Theatre House band, under the direction of Quincy Jones.

Also working with the likes of Miles Davis, Fela Kuti, James Brown and Sun Ra, Reid‘s last studio album came in the form of 2008’s ‘NYC’, where he worked with Kieran Hebden, aka Four Tet.

Steve was one of my great friends and the most wonderful musician I have ever encountered,” said Hebden. “The music and adventures we shared have been some of the most happy and meaningful experiences I’ve ever had – a true inspiration.”

He added: “He lived a great life and gave us incredible music. I’ll miss him forever.”