COUNTING BEATS

Reviews and Recommended Jazz by Nick Bewsey

Tag: Charenee Wade

AARON DIEHL, SPACE TIME CONTINUUM

A TOP RECORDING OF 2015. If you dig piano jazz that swings and purrs, Aaron Diehl liberally dishes out both on his second recording, Space Time Continuum. It’s also one of the best albums you’ll hear this year. Continue reading

ERIC REED, THE ADVENTUROUS MONK

Philadelphia-born pianist Eric Reed grew up playing in his father’s storefront Baptist church and was discovered to be a child prodigy at age two. He was steered away from gospel and church music to classical, but dug jazz so much after hearing Art Tatum and Ramsey Lewis that he devoted himself to a different kind of soul music. He recounts in his bio that “I wasn’t interested in practicing Bach; I was too busy digging Horace Silver!” Fast forward to a call from Wynton Marsalis inviting Reed to tour with his band, a gig that lasted from 1990- 1995 and established the pianist as a first-rate player, bandleader and educator as well an artist with more than 25 solo recordings to his credit.

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