Black, Brown, and Blue Eric Reed
- 1Black, Brown, and Blue02:17
- 2Lean on Me04:01
- 3I Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good)03:15
- 5Search for Peace06:36
- 7Infant Eyes05:03
- 8Cheryl Ann05:40
- 9Along Came Betty05:22
- 10Variation Twenty-Four07:59
- 11One for E05:41
- 12Pastime Paradise03:58
- 13Ugly Beauty03:18
Info for Black, Brown, and Blue
Eric Reed celebrates the music of Black and Brown composers on his deeply personal album BLACK, BROWN, AND BLUE featuring a brilliant new trio with bassist Luca Alemanno and drummer Reggie Quinerly
Think of the songwriters whose work comprises the canon of jazz standards, and names like Gershwin, Rodgers, Berlin, and Porter immediately come to mind. On his new album, BLACK, BROWN, AND BLUE, a revision of that canon to focus on Black and Brown composers, songwriters whose work originates within the jazz realm rather than on the Broadway stage. Historically, many of the contributions and works of Black and Brown people have either been destroyed, devalued, or appropriated,” Reed writes in his liner notes.
BLACK, BROWN, AND BLUE features music written by jazz masters like Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, McCoy Tyner, Wayne Shorter, Benny Golson, Horace Silver, Buddy Collette, and Buster Williams, along with jazz-conversant pop/R&B songwriters Stevie Wonder and Bill Withers.
“Where I am now in my life, I'm only concerned about conveying the most personal and heartfelt ideas through my music. BLACK, BROWN, AND BLUE is the culmination of my life thus far.” What shines through on these performances is the deep well of emotion and feeling that Reed mines in his playing, his expression, and his ability to communicate on a profound level with his new trio.
Eric Reed, piano
Luca Alemanno, bass
Reggie Quinerly, drums
Calvin B. Rhone, vocals on “Lean on Me”
David Dautghtry, vocals on “Pastime Paradise”
is an influential fixture in music as pianist, composer, arranger, bandleader, and champion of young musicians. From his cultural roots in his father’s Baptist church in Philadelphia, to his West Coast tutelage under the likes of Teddy Edwards, Gerald Wilson, and Buddy Collette, through the bands of Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Buster Williams, and Wynton Marsalis, Eric has amassed a laudable discography of iconic recordings, an extensive repertoire of compositions and arrangements, and an impressive list of credits in film & TV scores, musical theater, and in prestigious venues the world over. Affectionately known as “Poppa Reed”, Eric encourages bourgeoning artists through complete access and endless conversations on becoming not only professional artists, but also individuals who can have a positive impact on humanity. His latest recording, Everybody Gets the Blues, moves Eric closer towards his goal of “wanting to connect on a deeper level to the human spirit and heart through the beauty of artistry.”
This album contains no booklet.