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Eric Reed: From My Heart

Pianist Eric Reed’s explorations of 10 ballads have a few moments that elevate the collection beyond pleasantness. On “‘Round Midnight,” following a suspended introduction, he beefs up his interpretation with Thelonious Monk second intervals and whole-note runs and a juicy quote from “Tangerine.” Reed, bassist Dwayne Burno and drummer Cecil Brooks III achieve a lovely bossa nova float on “Prelude in E Minor,” which lends itself nicely to the samba treatment and to Reed’s grave Chopin chords at the conclusion. His voicings on “Flamenco Sketches” may not have the profundity the piece demands, but the anticipation and tension in Reed’s lines carry the performance.

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