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Eric Reed - Pure Imagination

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Taken from "Pure Imagination" (Verve, 1997) Eric Reed (piano); Reginald Veal (acoustic bass); Gregory Hutchinson (drums) Recorded at Schnee Studio, North Hollywood, California on July 28 & 29, 1997 McCoy Tyner and Ahmad Jamal are the two pianists who come immediately to mind when listening to Eric Reed. Pure Imagination is a collection of show tunes lovingly arranged for contemporary jazz trio by Reed, who is a genuine fan of Broadway musicals, not just a jazz musician who borrows their most memorable songs. Leonard Bernstein's "Maria" is made to sound vaguely Poinciana-like in it's rhythmic feel and alternation between a crunchy Latin rhythm and single-note melodies. The various sections of the arrangements alsor recall those of Cannonball and Nat Adderley's bands. "Hello Young Lovers" benefits from a bluesy section, then rolls along in a McCoy-like vamp to its end. Like Jamal, Reed knows how to support a sweet single-note line in the piano with ensemble bass and drum figures. He contrasts this with thickened harmonies borrowed from many of jazz' dialects, including gospel hymns and impressionism, on "Pure Imagination." On "Send In the Clowns", the arrangement is again Jamal-like, and Reed quotes riffs from Ellington's "It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing" and Joe Henderson's "Punjab." Reginald Veal and Greg Hutchinson play richly and with vitality, inventiveness and intelligence on every track.