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Eric Reed

When you think of hard-driving swing, daring expression, sophistication and elegance in artistry, formidable technique and a thunderous sound, there are only a very small handful of contemporary pianists you think of and one of them is most assuredly ERIC REED. But don’t think of him as a just a pianist; Eric is one of his generation’s most advanced thinkers in music.

Born in the musically rich city of Philadelphia, PA. Eric grew up playing in his father’s storefront Baptist church, starting at the age of five: “My father was a minister but he also used to sing with a Gospel group in Philly called the Bay State Singers. He is my earliest musical influence. I also was hit heavily by the sound of Christian and secular music of the 1970s (most notably Edwin & Walter Hawkins, Andrae Crouch and James Cleveland). “ Soon after, young Reed was bitten by the Jazz bug after hearing recordings by Art Blakey, Ramsey Lewis and Dave Brubeck.

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Discography

 

The Adventurous Monk

Challenge Jazz
2014

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Groovewise

Groovewise

Smoke Sessions
2014

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Something Beautiful

Something Beautiful

WJ3 Records
2011

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The Dancing Monk

The Dancing Monk

Savant Records
2011

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Stand!

Stand!

WJ3 Records
2009

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Here

Here

MAXJAZZ
2006

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