Jeff Reed receives 5/5 Stars from Roots Music Report Album Reviews

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Album Review of

Look for the Light

Jeff Reed
Written by Joe Ross
July 7, 2020 – 8:24pm EDT

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Based in Baltimore, Md., bassist Jeff Reed’s “Look for the Light” is his first release as leader although he has appeared on over fifty full-length albums. With four originals and five covers, Reed presents an interesting and varied repertoire arranged for trio, quartet or quintet. Opening with Charlie Parker’s “Segment,” we’re clued into the fact that there’s going to be plenty of instrumental excitement ahead from the veteran sidemen that Reed has chosen to assist, Sean Jones (trumpet), Todd Marcus (bass clarinet), Jonathan Epley (guitar) and Eric Kennedy (drums). The group serves up contagious energy and memorable improvisations. Pieces like Oscar Pettiford’s “Tricotism” are gripping performances with dynamics, dexterity and personality. Inspired by the birth of his son, the relaxing title track “Look for the Light” offers a visceral brand of jazz delivered with pure heart, body and soul. Perhaps that’s what most intrigued me about Reed’s album. The impressive players create evocative settings as they explore the music and attach themselves to the collective groove. Their rendition of Charlie Parker’s “Quasimodo” is fluid, lyrical and technically breath-taking. But, the music’s genuine warmth is the real thing here as each artist contributes to the organic mix. Reed’s self-penned “Your Name Never Came Up” is another ensemble workout that allows the album to finish strong with creative musical eloquence.  (Joe Ross, Roots Music Report)

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