Eric Reed has released his latest album For Such a Time as This, in which he reflects on the tumultuous events of 2020—chiefly, the COVID-19 pandemic and the resurgent Black Lives Matter movement—through his music.
The 12-track record traces the peaks and troughs of the pianist’s year, opening with the bittersweet solo piano affair “Paradox Peace” that quickly gives way to the jaunty quartet numbers “Western Rebellion” and “Thelonigus,” the latter being a lively tribute to jazz greats Thelonious Monk and Charles Mingus. Later, he returns to a pensive mood for “Walltz,” dedicated to trumpeter Wallace Roney who passed away due to COVID-19 earlier this year, and finally concludes with another jubilant solo “Hymn of Faith.”
“This record is the first I’ve done framed by this kind of specific circumstance,” Reed said of the album. “But even though we had to do it with these pandemic restrictions, it seemed normal because we were in the recording studio, where there’s no audience anyway. It’s the circumstances surrounding the creativity that were so different. All of that had an impact on the music.”
Reed has recorded nearly 30 albums as a bandleader. On his latest album, he partnered with saxophonist Chris Lewis, bassist Alex Boneham, drummer Kevin Kanner and guest vocalist Henry Jackson.
Listen to For Such a Time as This below: