Your Daily Lick: Ed Reed

The Song Is You (Blue Shorts Records)



The jazz singer who cut his teeth in San Quentin and Folsom prisons and released his first record at the age of 78 returns a year later with a sturdy sophomore album of smooth, romantic, crooner jazz. What Reed lacks in precision and range he makes up for in tone, depth, and sincerity, especially with the warm Peck Almond Sextet behind him.