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Pianist Eric Reed has recorded several albums since his 1990 debut, Soldier’s Hymn. Three of those—2011's The Dancing Monk, 2012's The Baddest Monk, and 2014's The Adventurous Monk—focus on the singular oeuvre of Thelonious Monk. This release, the third, features bassist Ben Williams and drummer Gregory Hutchinson, plus sometimes tenor saxophonist Seamus Blake, who also appeared on The Baddest Monk. (In 2002, Blake won the Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition.) “Thelonious,” a piece from Monk’s early period, starts things off, and it swings fiercely. Hutchinson is particularly inventive on “Work,” a difficult composition that the group plays with great fluidity. “Reflections,” a sort of knotty ballad, finds Reed bringing bluesy feeling to his impressive solo, and “Evidence” is given fresh life with a version that finds the musicians operating independently but together in intriguing ways. Blake spins out a solo with great old-school feeling on the easygoing “Gallop’s Gallop,” and vocalist Charenee Wade shines on “(Dear Ruby) Ruby, My Dear,” bringing precision and power to the Sally Swisher–penned lyrics.

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Or a lot. The first GREAT jazz album of 2014, a swinging take on Monk classics from Eric Reed of Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center fame, and a man who has tickled the ivories since in ways innovative and always impressive. Love Monk through Reed. This is a stunning interpretation with one of the strongest backups out there. Can you spell Grammy?


Born: June 21, 1970 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

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,...
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The Adventurous Monk, Eric Reed
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  • $9.90
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Rock
  • Released: Mar 25, 2014

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