Eric Reed Trio performs Thelonious Monk's 'Thelonious Monk Trio'
With his effervescent keyboard persona and suave demeanor, pianist/arranger Eric Reed has spent the past decade infusing the knotty, ingenuous compositions of Thelonious Monk with his irrepressible sense of joy. For this intimate trio performance, Reed presents the music from Monk's seminal 1954 Prestige date, Thelonious Monk Trio. The Philadelphia-born Los Angeles-raised Reed first gained attention as a teenager playing with Wynton Marsalis, and ended up recording more than a dozen albums with the trumpeter. After almost two decades as a leading light on the New York scene, he returned to Southern California several years ago, where he’s continued his Monk-ian investigations. On albums like the 2011 trio session The Dancing Monk and 2014’s quartet project with tenor saxophonist Seamus Blake, bassist Ben Williams and drummer Gregory Hutchinson The Adventurous Monk (both on Savant), Reed digs deeply into Monk’s music, making him an ideal artist to celebrate Monk’s 97th birthday. No pianist in jazz swings harder than Reed, and rather than trying to channel Monk’s famously percussive keyboard style, Reed reworks the compositions in his own polished image, honoring the composer’s intentions while filling the tunes with his delicious joie de vivre.
Eric Reed piano
Russell Hall bass
Willie Jones III drums