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Born To Be Blue

by Ed Reed

A stunning collection of 13 tunes that speak to the irony, heartbreak, hope, humor, loneliness, and love in the living process.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Old Country (feat. Randy Porter, Robb Fisher, Akira Tana, Anton Schwartz)
4:17 $0.99
2. Born To Be Blue (feat. Randy Porter, Robb Fisher, Akira Tana, Anton Schwartz)
4:20 $0.99
3. Inside A Silent Tear (feat. Randy Porter, Robb Fisher, Akira Tana)
5:34 $0.99
4. Throw It Away (feat. Randy Porter, Robb Fisher, Akira Tana, Anton Schwartz)
4:56 $0.99
5. All My Tomorrows (feat. Randy Porter, Robb Fisher, Akira Tana, Anton Schwartz)
3:33 $0.99
6. End of A Love Affair (feat. Randy Porter, Robb Fisher, Akira Tana, Anton Schwartz)
5:57 $0.99
7. She's Funny That Way (feat. Randy Porter, Robb Fisher, Akira Tana)
3:49 $0.99
8. You're Looking At Me (feat. Randy Porter, Robb Fisher, Akira Tana)
3:28 $0.99
9. Some Other Time (feat. Randy Porter, Robb Fisher, Akira Tana, Anton Schwartz)
5:43 $0.99
10. Kiss and Run (feat. Randy Porter, Robb Fisher, Akira Tana, Anton Schwartz)
4:52 $0.99
11. Monk's Dream (feat. Randy Porter, Robb Fisher, Akira Tana, Anton Schwartz)
3:33 $0.99
12. How Am I To Know (feat. Randy Porter, Robb Fisher, Akira Tana)
4:03 $0.99
13. Wee Baby Blues (feat. Randy Porter, Robb Fisher, Akira Tana, Anton Schwartz)
4:22 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Born to Be Blue" is my third recording project. It grew out of a five-night gig I had in Bern, Switzerland in 2009 with an exceptional trio, Randy Porter (piano), Robb Fisher (bass), and Akira Tana (drums). The enjoyment we shared inspired the dream to make a recording and, when that became a reality, we invited Anton Schwartz (tenor sax) to join the project.

I believe that everybody is born to be blue - and we need to acknowledge that. The tunes in this collection speak to so much of my own life experience. They help me to understand that the good stuff takes care of itself, but you need to pay attention to the sad stuff because if you don't acknowledge it and let it go, it will drag you through the mud. Singing these tunes teaches me to live in the moment and cherish the moment.

In the few short years since I began to record, I have been honored that my music has been widely acclaimed by jazz reviewers and aired on radio stations across the country. My music and the story of addiction, multiple incarcerations, and recovery have been the subject of reviews and articles in Downbeat, Jazziz, Jazz Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Times, and Boston Globe. I was a guest on Marian McPartland's "Piano Jazz" show in 2008, and was the subject of a Wall Street Journal article by Nat Hentoff in June 2009. In 2008, 2009, and 2011, the DownBeat Critics' Poll voted me a Male Vocalist Rising Star. I have performed at internationally renowned clubs in New York, Boston, Seattle, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco, and Bern, Switzerland. In June 2011, I was honored as a Jazz Hero by the Jazz Journalists Association, and "Born to Be Blue" was a DownBeat Editors Pick in July 2011.

"Born to Be Blue" reviews

JazzTimes (Vox) July/August 2011
"Stylistically harkens back to the elegant tenderness of Johnny Hartman...richly insightful...intensely moving...hypnotic renderings..."

DownBeat Editors Pick, July 2011
“Reed has developed a jazz voice that is distinct—full of the pain, sorrow, love and beauty that go along with taking that long, hard trail through life. All of that is on full display here. When Ed Reed sings... look for an intimate story every time. On Born To Be Blue, he tells these stories through songs like Nat Adderley’s “Old Country” and other chestnuts like “She’s Funny That Way” and “Monk’s Dream.” But when he sings Abbey Lincoln’s “Throw It Away,” he establishes a connection to the lyrics and phrasing of the Hall of Fame artist that is both beautiful and uncanny. Born To Be Blue is the kind of record that makes you happy that this life offers people more than one chance to offer their gift to the world…”

Andrew Gilbert, Mercury News, 7/21/11
“Given his track record of exponential creative growth over the past four years it might be premature to say that "Born to Be Blue" is Reed's definitive statement, but his third album possesses all the distilled emotion and narrative coherence of a jazz masterpiece.”

Paul Freeman, Mercury News, 7/20/11
“His vocals are warm, mellow, nuanced and extraordinarily expressive. He gets deep inside a lyric. When Reed sings, he's telling a story.”

S.F. Examiner, 7/20/11
"Reed has a marvelous knack for knowing just how much room a lyric needs to breathe, timing his pace and pauses to build emotional impact."

San Jose Mercury News – critic’s pick: best jazz albums for summer 7/9/11
"Reed puts me in mind of Jimmy Rushing, Joe Lee Wilson, Abbey Lincoln - folks who sing (or sang) from the gut, from life experience, doing it with nobility and smarts, while feeling inside a lyric."

Oakland Times, 7/11/11
“...his third CD, "Born to Be Blue" has just been released...it's his best work...the man is an ageless prodigy...These are ballads, a lost art in music. And Reed's phrasing is as distinctive as his improvising.”

AllAboutJazz 6/14/11
“Reed has a unique voice...nuanced and experience...sings with straight grace and confidence."



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