On this basic piano trio CD, Eric Reed is quite assertive on many different levels. His piano playing is maturing, growing stronger and deeper, stripping himself of clichés and past influences. He's chosen to take established songs and standards and modify them to his liking.
Mr. Eric Reed, what can I say that hasn't already been said. more than fill the chair vacated by Marcus Roberts in Wynton's band, but is very quickly healing the wounds left in the jazz piano world by the untimely passing of Kenny Kirkland. Though I don't consider "Manhattan Melodies" to be perfect (how many CDs are?), for me, it is close to it. The only notable exception for me would be the vocal tune in honor of Betty Carter
Manhattan Melodies, 1999. Manhattan Melodies, 1999. The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy), 06:22. Manhattan Melodies, 06:04. Letter to Betty Carter, 03:26. Puttin' On the Ritz, 03:17.
3. Harlemania: Drop Me Off In Harlem, Harlem Nocturne, Take The "A" Train. 4. New York City Blues (aka Doc's Blues).
Eric Reed: Soldier's Hymn. Eliane Elias: Eliane Elias Plays Jobim. Franz Koglmann: The Use of Memory. Geri Allen: Nurturer. Gerry Hemingway: Down To The Wire. Gerry Hemingway: Special Detail. Hank Roberts: Birds Of Prey. Terence Blanchard: Jazz in Film (Sony Classical). Richard Lee Johnson: Fingertip Ship (Metro Blue). Eric Reed: Manhattan Melodies (Verve). Zeena Parkins: Pan-Acousticon (Atavistic). Grover Washington Jr. (December 12, 1943 – December 17, 1999). Milt Jackson (January 1, 1923 - October 9, 1999). Art Farmer (August 21, 1928 – October 4, 1999).
Eric Reed: Manhattan Melodies. It is evident that Eric Reed is becoming a consummate trio piano player. Many pianists spend time accompanied by bass and drums, but few fit the parameters of a real trio player, in the tradition of say Ahmad Jamal, or Billy Taylor. Certain pianists more inclined towards quartet, quintet or larger bands don’t properly adapt in the trio setting, Eric Reed is one who does. His first for Verve could be lumped into the land of the concept album, a tactic that has become gray around the edges. This is no concept, it is a no-gimmick program of Manhattan music, and Reed goes Uptown (the Harlemania medley is Ellingtonian), Midtown (the Great White Way courtesy of Theme from New York, New York ), and Downtown (a stop in the Village for Monk’s Blues Five Spot ).
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