Eric Reed: Happiness
Essentially, the group kicks up a storm via Reed’s dazzling, big band style horn arrangements. However, the musicians’ chart a disparate course via the mid-tempo, rollicking and rolling R&B-drenched piece titled, “Suite Sisters: Fine & Brown”, whereas Reed’s stride piano intro to “Romantic Rag” launches a series of alternating themes and flows, including subtle nods to March-master John Phillip Sousa and Duke Ellington. Meanwhile, “Devil In A Dress” boasts a pungent Afro-Cuban vibe to coincide with the musicians’ well-placed enunciations and cheery sentiment. Needless to state, Happiness is an impassioned celebration of the musical spirit and other than a bit of much deserved fanfare, the musicians’ also propagate an idyllic perspective throughout. Strongly recommended - (Top Ten pick for 2001).
Track Listing: Happiness; Three Dances: - Boogie Down - Latin Bump - Boogie Down; Say You Care; Suite Sisters: Fine & Brown; Suite Sisters: Crazy Red; Suite Sisters: Black Beauty; Mood Indigo; Romantic Rag; Devil In A Dress; Someone Else
Personnel: Eric Reed; piano: Marcus Printup; trumpet: Mike Rodriguez; trumpet: Wycliffe Gordon; trombone: Dion Tucker; trombone: Wessell Anderson; alto saxophone: Julius Tolentino; alto saxophone: Wayne Escoffery; tenor & alto saxophones: Walter Blanding Jr.; clarinet: Barak Mori; bass: Rodney Green; drums: Renato Thoms; percussion