Born: February 2, 1929 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
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. ...
Awards:2013, 2012, 2010, 2011, 2008 DownBeat Critics Poll: Rising Star Male Vocalist 2012 DownBeat Critics Poll, Male Vocalist 2011 DownBeat Readers Poll, Rising Star Male Vocalist DownBeat Editors Pick - "Born to Be Blue," 2011 "Jazz Hero" Award. Jazz Journalists Association, 2011.
...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 ... the CD is a gorgeous calling card.” —Andrew Gilbert on The California Report (KQED/NPR), 6/22/07
“[Reed’s] debut disc … is absolutely ravishing from beginning to end…” —James Isaacs on “Here and Now” (WBUR/NPR), 5/29/07
“Sings with the fire of a young man … His a cappella performance of ‘Motherless Child’ closes the album with an impressive display that channels centuries of sorrow into every syllable.” —j. poet, S.F. Examiner, 7/4/07
Where have you been hiding, Ed Reed? The entire jazz world needs to hear you! —Sheila Jordan
Ed Reed,I'm a Shy Guy(Blue Shorts Records, 2013)
Ed Reed,Born to Be Blue(Blue Shorts Records, 2011)
Ed Reed,The Song is You (Blue Shorts Records, 2008)
Ed Reed,Ed Reed Sings Love Stories (Blue Shorts Records, 2007)
I'm a Shy Guy (Blue Shorts Records, 2013):
Tracks: I Just Can't See for Lookin'; Baby Baby All the Time; Unforgettable; Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby; I'm a Shy Guy; That's the Beginning of the End; Meet Me At No Special Place (and I'll be there at no particular time); I'm Lost; 'Tis Autumn; It's Only a Paper Moon; That Ain't Right; I Realize Now; This Will Make You Laugh; Straighten Up and Fly Right
Personnel: Ed Reed: vocals; Randy Porter: piano; Anton Schwartz: tenor saxophone; Jamie Fox: guitar; John Wiitala: bass; Akira Tana: drums
Born to Be Blue (Blue Shorts Records, 2011):
Tracks: Old Country; Born to Be Blue; Inside a Silent Tear; Throw It Away; All My Tomorrows; End of a Love Affair; She's Funny That Way; You're Looking at Me; Some Other Time; Never Kiss and Run; Monk's Dream; How Am I to Know; Wee Baby Blues
Personnel: Ed Reed: vocals; Randy Porter: piano; Robb Fisher: bass; Akira Tana: drums; Anton Schwartz: tenor sax
The Song is You (Blue Shorts Records, 2008)
Tracks: The Song Is You; It Shouldn't Happen To a Dream; Where Or When; I'm Through With Love; All Too Soon; I Get Along Without You Very Well; I Didn't Know About You; Don't You Know I Care; Lucky To Be Me; Don't Like Goodbyes; It Never Entered My Mind; Here's To Life; Black Is
Personnel: Ed Reed: vocals; Peck Allmond: trumpet, tenor sax, flutes, cornet, clarinet; Jamie Fox: guitar; Russell George: violin; Gary Fisher: piano; Doug Weiss: bass; Willard Dyson: drums
Ed Reed Sings Love Stories (Blue Shorts Records, 2007)
Tracks: A Sleepin' Bee; There's a Lull In My Life; Ghost of a Chance; Bye Bye Blackbird; A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing; Where Do You Start; Daydream; Ask Me Now; If The Moon Turns Green; Goodbye; Motherless Child
Personnel: Ed Reed: vocals; Peck Allmond: trumpet, tenor sax, flutes, clarinets, trombonium, kalimbas; Gary Fisher: piano; John Wiitala: bass; Eddie Marshall: drums
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