Eric Reed releases ‘Everybody Gets the Blues’

The pianist returns to his gospel roots.

Last Friday, Eric Reed released Everybody Gets the Blues, which features his interpretations of works by Stevie Wonder, John Coltrane, The Beatles and others. Backing the veteran pianist on the new record are saxophonist Tim Green, drummer McClenty Hunter and bassist Mike Gurrola.

Reed’s piano journey started in the storefront Baptist church where his father sang and preached. He later moved into the jazz world and was taken under Wynton Marsalis’ wing, contributing to acclaimed records such as 1992’s Citi Movement and 1997’s Blood on the Fields.

He also nurtured a fruitful solo career, and on Everybody Gets the Blues, chose to revisit his gospel roots. “For too many years I ignored my own instincts,” Reed said in a statement. “I started out playing different kinds of music with all different kinds of people, but I took a detour. This record is a turning point; it’s finally time to start doing what it is that I want to do.”

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