Born: February 2, 1929
In his 84 years, Ed Reed has gained great insight into the joys and especially the sorrows of the human condition. The San Francisco Bay Area-based jazz vocalist, who made his recording debut in 2007 at the age of 78, has imparted what he has learned with consummate musical subtlety, emotion- searing depth of feeling, and the nuanced delivery of a master storyteller on his critically-acclaimed CDs. The first two, Ed Reed Sings Love Stories (2007) and The Song Is You (2008)are collections of tunes from the Broadway, Tin Pan Alley, and jazz traditions drawn from Reed’s near-encyclopedic knowledge of the Great American Songbook. ...
- Ed Reed - I'm A Shy Guy: A Tribute to the King Cole Trio & Their Music by C. Michael Bailey
- Born to Be Blue by C. Michael Bailey
- The Song Is You by Elliott Simon
- Love Stories by Michael P. Gladstone
...possesses all the distilled emotion and narrative coherence of a jazz masterpiece. Andrew Gilbert, San Jose Mercury News, July 2011.
Reed has developed a jazz voice that is distinct—full of the pain, sorrow, love and beauty that go along with taking that long, hard trail through life. All of that is on full display here. When Ed Reed sings don't expect scat—instead look for an intimate story every time. Frank Alkyer, DownBeat, July 2011
...his third CD, Born to be Blue, is his best work...These are ballads, a lost art in music...Reed's phrasing is as distinctive as his improvising. The Mercury News 7/11/11
...eveloping sensuous balladry of Duke Ellington's Herb Jeffries and the controversational intimacy of Johnny the Hartmann in his sessions with John Coltraine. Nat Hentoff, Wall Street Journal, June 2009
A unique voice...nuanced and experienced...sings with straight grace and confidence. AllAboutJazz June 2011
“Time has only enriched Reed’s voice, a hypnotic baritone that suggests Grady Tate via Billy Eckstine … 11 exquisite tracks … What Reed does with the likes of “A Sleepin’ Bee,” “Ask Me Now,” Ghost of a Chance,” “Daydream” and “If the Moon Turns Green” that even Billie Holiday would surely bow to … is transporting.” —Christopher Loudon, JazzTimes, August 2007
“Reed…has a smooth, expressive, and caramel-toned voice, precise diction and exact intonation.” —Jazziz, June 2007
“A jazz singer in the truest sense, Reed absorbed the influences of Nat King Cole and Bill Henderson while honing an idiosyncratic style all his own .....