Ed Reed made his recording debut just before his 78th birthday in 2007 with the highly acclaimed "Ed Reed Sings Love Stories," followed by "The Song Is You" in 2008, and "Born to Be Blue" in 2011. The latter release was described by jazz critic Andrew Gilbert as possessing “all the distilled emotion and narrative coherence of a jazz masterpiece” and was selected as a DownBeat Editors Pick.
His fourth and latest release, "I’m a Shy Guy" (2013), is a tribute to the music of the Nat King Cole Trio which so influenced Reed as a teen in the 1940’s.
In the last six years, Reed's music has been critically acclaimed, and reviewed in numerous print and online jazz publications (such as DownBeat, Jazziz, and JazzTimes), Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Times, and Boston Globe. In a June 2009 Wall Street Journal review, jazz historian and critic Nat Hentoff compared Reed to the “enveloping sensuous balladry of Duke Ellington's Herb Jeffries and the conversational intimacy of Johnny Hartman in his sessions with John Coltrane.”
Reed has performed at internationally renowned clubs in New York, Boston, Seattle, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco, and Bern, Switzerland, and he was a guest on Marian McPartland's iconic Piano Jazz NPR show in 2009. In 5 out of the last 6 years, he placed in the DownBeat Critics Poll as a Rising Star in the Male Vocalist category—an honor Reed finds particularly delightful at age 84.
Since his first recording, reviewers have commented on his gift to get inside the lyric and tell a story. “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.” (DownBeat)