"He leans into notes the way Abbey did," agrees Schwartz in a separate phone call. But he also reminds Schwartz of Shirley Horn, in his idiosyncratic interpretations and choice of material. "Ed personalizes everything. He is who he is. If a song isn't meant for him, he's not going to meet it halfway." He points to "Some Other Time," which Schwartz had always heard as a song of wistful nostalgia. In Reed's singing, he hears elements of anger, misgiving, resentment. "And it's there in the very first chorus, he's giving it a higher degree of affect. It's more revved up." For Schwartz, that idiosyncrasy is at one with Reed's emotional honesty. "He bares himself on stage. And each show is different in that way."
Ed Reed | Scullers, DoubleTree Guest Suites Hotel, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston | January 18 | 8 pm | $22 | 617.562.4111 or scullersjazz.com
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