Pianist, Producer and Educator, Eric Reed brought his Quartet to Pete Carlson's Golf & Tennis Shop on Saturday, February 24 and impressed the Jazz-loving audience with his ability to play serious up-tempo Jazz tunes while at the same time show his skill at playing sensitive ballads. The Quartet started with a couple of up-tempo tunes and then Eric performed a piano solo of the Michel Legrand gem "Spring Can Really Hang You Up". Eric clearly demonstrated his ability to handle a sensitive, soft ballad along with straight-ahead tunes.
I arrived early and observed Eric and his talented Quartet do their sound check and set up. Watching them check the proper sound levels and even the best position of the players spoke to their high professional standards. The Eric Reed Quartet included Saxophonist Ralph Moore whose style and tone brought back memories of John Coltrane. Mike Gurrola was on Bass and it was satisfying to see a young Bassist who performs with strength and a warm traditional Jazz style. Drummer Kevin Kanner is also young but brought the crowd to life with some of his remarkable solos. It was clear to anyone in the audience that these four Jazz professionals play at the highest level and also love what they are doing.
Another all-around great Jazz night at Pete's. In case you have not been over to Pete Carlson's Golf and Tennis Shop for their "Jazz for Jazz Lovers" music series you are missing some of the best Jazz in the Valley! I also want to let everyone know that Pete Carlson's is the very best place in the Valley to hear live Jazz. The audience is quiet and appreciative of great players. The audience's focus is 100% on the music and the players!
Upcoming Concerts At Pete's:
March 3, 2018 Ernie Watts Quartet
March 7, 2018 Tom Ranier Quartet
March 10, 2018 Joe LaBarbera Quintet
I could not find a "Youtube" of this particular Eric Reed Quartet playing but I did find a "YouTube" of Eric playing a NYC medley of "Autumn in New York, Skating in Central Park/ Central Park West" that is delightful music and showcases Eric's Piano talents.