Jeff Reed – “Look For The Light” Stricker Street Records
In the course of my normal listening habits, I am not typically drawn to works with a bass as the primary instrument. Less so for works with a stand-up acoustic bass. “Look For The Light” is perhaps an exception. Jeff Reed, in his first release, does an excellent job of making the bass the primary instrument but also intersperses trumpet, clarinet, guitar and drums in so well I never really got the impression I was listening to a work principally centered around a bass. The inspiration for this work was the birth of his son and to a certain extent, the passing of the Mother of drummer Eric Kennedy. Track one begins with a lovely bass solo until the rest of the instruments begin to seamlessly blend in. With the horn section so prominent throughout all nine tracks, there is a certain vibrancy and a likely explanation why I found this work as enjoyable as I did. Jeff Reed has appeared on some fifty albums, but he saved some of his best work for his inaugural release under his own name.