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Eric Reed: The Baddest Monk

Eric Reed is making a habit of covering Thelonious Monk. A year after releasing The Dancing Monk, the pianist has issued another album of Monk tunes. The Baddest Monk includes seven of the bebop father’s tunes and two Monk-ish originals. In doing so, Reed proves that there is always something new to say about, and … Read More “Eric Reed: The Baddest Monk”

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Eric Reed: Something Beautiful

Pianist Eric Reed’s ambition for his latest album is right there in the title: to create something beautiful. He succeeds. Something Beautiful is a pristine straight-ahead piano-trio date (with bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Rodney Green) that’s equally thoughtful, playful and moving. If beauty is Reed’s priority, his primary tools for it are swing and … Read More “Eric Reed: Something Beautiful”

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Eric Reed: The Dancing Monk

Pianist Eric Reed has a striking, identifiable style that is expressive and swinging yet can also be lyrical or introspective. Whether part of Wynton Marsalis’ band or working with great singers (Cassandra Wilson, Dianne Reeves) and jazz giants (Benny Carter, Clark Terry), Reed’s solos and accompaniment always seem to add a fresh, vital component. On … Read More “Eric Reed: The Dancing Monk”

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