Piano Go-To — John Hicks and Eric Reed

Piano414  It seems there’s always a go-to piano player in New York. A guy who can play with anyone, but who is so good that, no matter what he plays or who he’s playing with, you always know it’s him. He’s got a touch, a style, a feeling. He’s someone who comes forth and grounds the whole scene.

In addition to playing with everyone, this guy also composes and leads dates and sessions. He’s always playing. He’s got the entire repertoire in his bones – church, blues, swing, bop, and everything before, in between and beyond any labels.

 jhicks3 Some Other Time  John Hicks

 jhicks2  Naima’s Love Song  John Hicks

John Hicks used to be that guy and was that guy for many years before he died. His records are always rewarding. He was not only moving forward, but also honoring the tradition. It was a treat to hear him in any setting.

 ericreed  Romantic Rag  Eric Reed

Eric Reed began to be that guy about 15 years ago and is in the thick of it, right now. He has many records under his name – all great – and he’s on a bunch of others. He’s at Lincoln Center, touring, gigging, and teaching. His heart is in his music and he’s continuously giving it away. He loves Monk and Ahmad Jamal and he’s a brother to them.

ericreed1  59th Street Bridge Song  Eric Reed

About Ted Ringer

I am a writer, artist, and listener. Great music is everywhere and has no limits. Some of it is well-orchestrated and some is short and sweet. It can spring out of a moment of deep feeling or result from long periods of development. Music is communication, inspiration, and a million other things. This blog wants to share the wealth and keep toes tapping.
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One Response to Piano Go-To — John Hicks and Eric Reed

  1. kit says:

    This is too sweet!

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