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Throughout this studio session, Eric Reed shows why many critics consider him to be one of the top pianists of his generation. Well-accompanied by bassist Rodney Whitaker and drummer Willie Jones III, Reed kicks off with a lively interpretation of Benny Golson's jazz standard "Stablemates, on which the shadings and pulse of the rhythm section complement the leader's flights on the keyboard.
John Coltrane's "26-2 is not one of the late saxophonist's better known works, but Reed's elaborate one-handed run sets up a driving arrangement that almost seems to explode. His choice of Rodgers & Hart's ballad "It's Easy to Remember, an infrequently performed gem from the Great American Songbook, is subtle yet never overly maudlin, accented perfectly by Whitaker's spacious bass line and Jones' soft brushwork.
Most of the disc is devoted to Reed originals. The brisk "Kokomo is a thunderous reworking of "(Back Home Again in) Indiana. His angular "I C H.N. (For Herbie Nichols) conjures the spirit of Nichols' intriguing writing and playing style. "Hymn is a reflective miniature piano solo that proves utterly captivating. Both the bittersweet ballad "Wish (For My Father) and the buoyant "Is That...? are excellent showcases for Whitaker.
Eric Reed finishes the date with a flourish as the trio devours whole his intense post bop vehicle "Ornate. The first-rate engineering of this outstanding date gives the listener a seat right in the midst of the band.
Track Listing: Stablemates; Kokomo; I C H.N. (For Herbie Nichols); Hymn; Why?; 26-2; Wish (For My Father); It's Easy To Remember; I Got Nothin'; Is That...?; Ornate.
Personnel: Eric Reed: piano; Rodney Whitaker: bass; Willie Jones III: drums.
The best show I ever attended was going with my father to see Dizzy Gillespie play at the Royal Festival Hall in London, England. Dizzy was a man full of charisma and play. He managed to get four different sections of the audience to sing four different vocal parts in one song
The best show I ever attended was going with my father to see Dizzy Gillespie play at the Royal Festival Hall in London, England. Dizzy was a man full of charisma and play. He managed to get four different sections of the audience to sing four different vocal parts in one song. He captured everyone's attention and got us all up on our feet dancing alongside him to this incredible music we call jazz.