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Eric Reed

Pianist Eric Reed is one of a large number of talented musicians who emerged from Wynton Marsalis' bands to pursue a rewarding solo career in his own right. Born in Philadelphia in 1970, Reed's first exposure to music came through his father, a minister and local gospel singer; he began playing piano at age two and soon discovered jazz, quickly developing into a musical prodigy. He entered music school at age seven, and resisted classical training in favor of jazz, inspired early on by Dave Brubeck, Ramsey Lewis, Art Blakey, and Horace Silver. Four years later, he moved with his family to Los Angeles, where he digested enough jazz history that he was able to begin playing around the city's jazz scene as a teenager, both as a leader and a sideman for the likes of Gerald Wilson, Teddy Edwards, John Clayton, and Clora Bryant. He first met Wynton Marsalis at age 17, and toured briefly with the trumpeter the following year (his first and only at Cal State-Northridge). In 1989, Reed officially joined Marsalis' band as the replacement for Marcus Roberts; the following year, he issued his debut album as a leader, A Soldier's Hymn, on Candid, with backing by his regular trio of bassist Dwayne Burno and drummer Gregory Hutchinson.

In 1991 and 1992, Reed worked with Freddie Hubbard and Joe Henderson as a sideman, returning to Marsalis' group by the end of 1992. He cut a pair of well-received albums for MoJazz, It's All Right to Swing and The Swing and I, in 1993 and 1994, and in 1995 embarked on his first tour as leader of his own group. Two more dates for Impulse!, 1996's Musicale and 1997's Pure Imagination, found his style maturing and his critical and commercial success growing; he also spent 1996-1998 playing with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. 1999's Manhattan Melodies, his first outing for Verve, was a colorful and sophisticated tribute to New York City; that year, he also undertook the most prominent of several film-scoring projects, the Eddie Murphy/Martin Lawrence comedy Life. Reed also continued to record with Marsalis up into the new millennium. 2001 brought the acclaimed Happiness on Nagel-Heyer, and the next year saw two releases, the well-received From My Heart and a duet album with frequent cohort Wycliffe Gordon on trombone, We. He recorded and played frequently during subsequent years, including a second volume with Gordon (We, Vol. 2) and several sessions for Savant. In 2009, Reed released the gospel-inspired Stand! and returned the following year with Plenty Swing, Plenty Soul, a duet album with Cyrus Chestnut. Beginning with 2011's The Dancing Monk, Reed embarked on an ongoing recording project of Thelonious Monk's music; a theme he revisited on 2012's Baddest Monk and 2014's The Adventurous Monk. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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spensoid
A whole other level of music than most!
Wonderful playing. This genius has been around since 1996 but this all they have as his bio. Pandora , you can do better than this.
Great!!! Grab your love and dance!
A great rendition of this classical jazz tune. All the fine players always do this song justice.
For someone with no classical training,(wh i c h is most definitely the exception rather than the rule)he has an amazing technique.
Nice!
Sorry for the following:
Don't read this cause it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life.tomorro w w will be the best day of your life.however if you don't post this you will die in two days.now you've started reading so don't stop.this is so scary.put this on at least 5songs in 143 minutes.when done press f6 and your lovers name will come on screen in big letters. This is scary because it really works.
Saw him a few years back at Spazio's in Sherman Oaks(which is gone like other clubs in L.A.). Great player.
perfect make out, make love music, love it
jennifer.v.j o n e s
...reminds me of Bill Evans
beautiful! a jazzy Chopin prelude! how original!
Wow. This cat can play!
Excellent !!
great sound
The First Time. Memorable! Eric Reed's GOT it~!!!!
butnotforme
One of the jazz greats of our generation.. .
frankgpotter
This is the GREATEST too !
man.. u are super great! :-)
blpigon
easy nice....92 in the shade....sit t i n g on the hard in my s/v....2 gin&tonics under my belt....feel i n g groovy at 75
Y0u to talk mellow...... . . . . . . . . . . . S h h h h h THE GUY IS GOT IT
awesome!
pattygrigs
"Beaufiful"
This young man is an absolute prodigy. He hears harmonies in his head that many other musicians don't. His delivery is flawless and what ever song he plays he kicks up several notches. Marvelous sound.
"I Fall in Love Too Easily" is just lovely. Rosemay Clooney Radio (my first Pandora station) is turning into a cool jazz (with emphasis on piano) station, with folks like Mr. Reed, The Peter Malick Group, Todd Hildreth Trio, Brad Mehldau, and Frank Morgan, just to name the most recent. Gotta get back to some of the 'girl singers' (and Miss Norah Jones only barely counts, much as I enjoy and admire her). Funny how these stations evolve, no?
Doesn't get better than this ... saw and heard this remarkable musician at the recent tribute remembering the late great Hank Jones. Reed has full command of the piano at any tempo, is a master improvisor as well as 'swing' master!
knecwest
Sooo romantic yet.....para l l e l to a beautiful walk in the park....alon e ! love it... and the classical crossover to jazz. Pleasing to the ears!!
adonkin6
This is as sweet as it gets
GREAT!!
jbandcb
Beautiful and unusual take on romantic Chopin favorite. It's amazing how he adapted it to the jazz genre. (The classical piece was played by Jack Nicholson's character in the movie "Five Easy Pieces.")
terrific player...lov e his voicings, very contemporary and savvy...
Mr E will grow on you...saw him live at Iridium with the Dolphy project or some such...Mr E knows those ivories... he really knows theory and demonstrates same with exciting, interesting chordal progressions . . . i f you can, catch a 'live' performance. You won't view piano playing the same ever again....he can improvise and he definitely swings.
this man works those keys
thank you pandora radio you made have faith in RADIO!!! again !!!!eric is great!!!
Found him through my Ramsey Lewis station... sweet & delicious.
First time I heard him. Like him.

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