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Since taking over the piano bench previously occupied by Marcus Roberts in the Wynton Marsalis band, Eric Reed has quietly established himself as a force to be reckoned with in contemporary jazz. On Manhattan Melodies he returns with his regular trio of Reginald Veal (bass) and Gregory Hutchinson (drums) for an album of songs that pay tribute to the city so nice they named it twice, New York, New York. While not as splashy or idiosyncratic as some of his piano contemporaries, Reed is an outstanding player privileged with a band that swings with effortless grace and understated muscularity. To his credit, Reed is both captain of the squad and a team player, often allowing his sidemen to shine while he lays low. While many tunes here seem obligatory (his "Harlemania" suite contains "Drop Me Off in Harlem," "Harlem Nocturne," and "Take the 'A' Train,") to the album's theme, Reed also interprets Paul Simon's "59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)" and Sting's "Englishman in New York" to add contemporary flavor. The album's centerpiece is a smoky-cool Dianne Reeves appearance on "Letter to Betty Carter." Just one of many classy moments on a very classy album. --S. Duda

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 10, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: August 10, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Grp Records
  • ASIN: B00000JWOU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,568 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 14, 1999
Format: Audio CD
If you are hip to Brad Mehldau, Geoff Keezer, Mulgrew Miller, Benny Green, etc. You will LOVE this cd. Eric is an amazing player.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 8, 2003
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To call Eric Reed gifted would be a vast understatement. His piano playing is superb, incorporating many different styles while creating his own at the same time. The record's opening song, a rockin' swingin' rendition of Simon and Garfunkel's "Feelin' Groovy" is absolutely fabulous. Reed's version of Monk's "Blues Five Spot" proves that he can play anything with ease. Reed, although an energic and exciting player, also excells at playing ballads, especially Sting's "Englishman in New York." But to call attention to any one song off of this album would be an injustice. The album is wonderful from start to finish, you won't be displeased.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P. Masuda on March 18, 2006
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This is piano trio jazz, and it doesn't get much better than

this. It's bebop, swing, blues, it's classic, it's contempo-

rary, it's Eric Reed's take on some great well known melodies.

It's happy music, it grooves and rocks, every last tune is

a gem, my personal favorite being his fresh version of The

59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy), Blues Five Spot,

and the NYC Medley which kicks off with a beautiful version

of Autumn in New York. He is a great soloist, and his improv

on this album is free and fluid. He takes standard tunes

in a fresh direction, breathing new and contemporary life

into each interpretation. It is a rare and pleasant surprise

when an album far exceeds your expectations making you feel

like you got more than your money's worth. This album is

just that, get it and hear for yourself!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark Diamond on September 21, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Well I think most people have assumed that Brad Mehldau is the Man as far as modern jazz piano is concerned. But wait! Have a listen to this guy! Quite simply Manhattan Melodies is one of the best jazz albums I have heard in years. Unlike so many American jazz albums that get released it sounds fresh, alive, melodic and it swings. Not a bad track on it and the whole production is first class. I hope it's not lost on the domestic audience over there who seem to be force-fed a diet of either burnt out artists who may once have been good, or so-called modernists who can't bloody play! Eric Reed though is one for the ages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John B on January 28, 2009
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Mr. Eric Reed, what can I say that hasn't already been said. Not only did E.R. 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. Reeves is a good singer, but this tune seemed a little morose to me. The remainder of the album is good enough to drown out this one misstep. I don't hear in this CD, the overwhelming influence of McCoy Tyner, that Reed had been unfairly critized for. He has found his own voicings. As for the music; The NYC Medley is executed to near perfection. The solo improvisations are still swimming around in my head, note for note. Also, the title cut for is the hidden gem. The perfect vehicle for Reed's improvisational and compositional stylings. Like the old genie in the bottle joke goes: you mean I've been given two more wishes?,......I'll take two more of these!
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