Look in the dictionary under "Renaissance Man" and you may just find a picture of Eric Reed. Not only did Ahmad Jamal cite him as "one of my very favorite pianists," not only has he worked with such diverse talents as Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Jessye Norman, Patti Labelle, Quincy Jones, Natalie Cole and others but he has composed scores for film makers Eddie Murphy and Tim Story and annually serves as musical director for "Revelations with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater." Somehow he still finds time to teach, perform and cut his latest disc for Savant, "The Dancing Monk." Here the genius of Thelonious Monk is refracted through the prism of Eric's own creativity resulting in 'thoughts on' rather than a 'tribute to' one of the true titans of improvised music. As Eric wrote in his album annotations, "Far beyond what his legacy entails artistically, [Monk] stands as tall and strong as an oak in his character, singular determination, thirst for knowledge, raw defiance and tenacity to swing. It is with the greatest respect that I offer this first album of treatments of Thelonious Monk's compositions."
Eric Reed - piano; Ben Wolfe - bass; McClenty Hunter - drums
Tracks: Ask Me Now; Eronel; Reflections; Light Blue; Ruby, My Dear; Pannonica; Ugly Beauty; The Dancing Monk; 'Round Midnight; Blue Monk
Ask Me Now