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Mary Stallings & The Eric Reed Trio at Dizzy’s Club "Coca-Cola"

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Mary Stallings & The Eric Reed Trio
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Featuring:
Mary Stallings on vocals and Eric Reed on piano
Joshua Crumbly on bass
Kevin Kanner on drums.

At
Frederick P. Rose Hall
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
Broadway at 60th Street
NY, NY
212.258.9595
(Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola Website)
Roland Chassagne, Manager
Jason Olaine, Director of Programming & Touring
Desmond L. Prass, Asst. Manager
L.A. Thompson, Venue Manager, Great Performances
Scott Thompson, Press

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
November 28, 2012


In Dizzy’s second set tonight, of Eric Reed’s magnificent trio, highlighting the sassy, brassy vocals of Mary Stallings, “East of the Sun” filled the Club with mellow tempos. Joshua Crumbly took a dynamic bass solo, accompanied by Kevin Kanner’s percussive syncopations, that soon stole the spotlight. Mary Stallings was introduced for the second number, which she expanded with strong pulse and rhythmic scat. Ms. Stallings and Eric Reed often found themselves in scintillating conversations of piano and vocals, while Dizzy’s Christmas lights and décor created quite a festive mood. The bass enhanced the vocal theme, when Ms. Stallings took a breath, but she ended the song a cappella. The third number evoked bossa nova, with Ms. Stallings showing style and sultry slowness. Her many audience asides included kind words on her love of New York.

Ms. Stallings sang next about the gypsy in her soul, followed by some “girl talk”. Mr., Reed seized this entertaining theme, while Ms. Stallings used spoken, rather than tonal lyrics. Mr. Reed infused the moment with bluesy honky-tonk, transporting us right to New Orleans. Vocals and piano merged with perfect timing. Ben Wolf, a guest bassist, joined the band, for “Exactly Like You”. The rambunctious trio seemed to have fun in the vocal pauses, adding an improvisational aura. The sound was elongated into very late night tonality. Mr. Reed meandered during his solo, with serendipitous and serene harmonies, while Ms. Stallings sang fragmented lyrics for surprise effect. The band went wild in the final instrumental number, with Mr. Kanner letting his drums roll rampant. An engaging swing jazz energy ended the set, with generous audience admiration.



Eric Reed on piano, Joshua Crumbly on bass,
Kevin Kanner on drums.
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Joshua Crumbly on bass, Kevin Kanner on drums.
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Eric Reed on piano, Mary Stallings on Vocals,
Joshua Crumbly on bass, Kevin Kanner on drums.
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Eric Reed on piano, Mary Stallings on Vocals,
Joshua Crumbly on bass, Kevin Kanner on drums.
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



For more information, contact Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower at zlokower@bestweb.net