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Ed Reed: Born to Be Blue (2011)

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Ed Reed: Born to Be Blue Track review of "Monk’s Dream"

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Ed Reed joins fellow West Coasters Art Pepper
Art Pepper
Art Pepper
1925 - 1982
sax, alto
and Frank Morgan
Frank Morgan
Frank Morgan
1933 - 2007
sax, alto
in returning to a critically acclaimed career previously derailed by substance abuse. After 40 years of scuffling, Reed cleaned up, became a chemical dependency treatment professional and began recording in earnest. Reed has released two recordings, Love Stories (Self Produced, 2007) and The Song is You (Blue Shorts Records, 2008), each well-received and now followed up by Born To Be Blue, featuring a youthful and upbeat take on Jon Hendricks
Jon Hendricks
Jon Hendricks
b.1921
vocalist
' vocalese treatment of Thelonious Monk
Thelonious Monk
Thelonious Monk
1917 - 1982
piano
's "Monk's Dream."

Reed has a unique voice, not overtly powerful but nuanced and experienced. He navigates Hendricks' circuitous phrasing without unnecessary tonal alteration, singing with straight grace and confidence. Pianist Randy Porter and tenor saxophonist Anton Schwartz
Anton Schwartz
Anton Schwartz
b.1967
sax, tenor
turn in blazing solos, angular and curious in a hot sort of way. Reed reenters, cooling things off in the coda—the complete professional. This is refined vocal jazz that only a lifetime can produce.

Personnel: Ed Reed: vocals; Randy Porter: piano; Robb Fisher: bass; Akira Tana: drums; Anton Schwartz: tenor saxophone.

Record Label: Blue Shorts Records

Style: Vocal


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