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  • Format: CD
  • SKU: YD22516
  • UPC: 823800251621
  • Street Date: 12/14/18
  • PreBook Date: 11/02/18
  • Label: Yellow Dog Records »
  • Genre: Holiday
  • Run Time: 36:09 mins
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Year of Production: 2018
  • Box Lot: 45
  • Territory: WORLD EXCL JAP/AUS
  • Language: English

 

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Eden Brent - An Eden Brent Christmas

Dreamed of for years but nailed in single takes, Eden's first Christmas album is a jazz-blues joy--and a family affair.

Eden Brent - An Eden Brent Christmas
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Soon after Mississippi blues pianist/singer Eden Brent met London trombonist/arranger Bob Dowell on the 2008 Blues Cruise, they began a relationship that included one particularly sweet tradition: they'd spend every Christmas in Eden's hometown of Greenville, Mississippi. The yuletide season had always held a special place in both their hearts, and the feeling deepened with each holiday tryst.
When Eden began to feel the urge to make her first Christmas album, it was clear that Bob--now her husband, who'd moved to be with her in Greenville--should write the charts. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Bob had been immersed in blues, jazz and R&B for years, and arrangements were his forte.
Preparations began, with Bob sketching out charts for Eden's favorite holiday tunes. For Blue Christmas, they leaned more toward Fats than Elvis. For Santa Baby, a Count Basie-style bluesy swing was the thing. For Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, the spirits of Allen Toussaint and James Booker came to them, with a second-line groove giving way to a rumba rhythm. Boogie Woogie Santa was an obvious choice for the potent piano powers of Eden. And for Baby, It's Cold Outside, Eden left Bob with no choice: he was going to sing for the first time on record, joining Eden in an effortlessly charming duet.
For the sessions, Bob tapped the deep pool of Memphis instrumentalists with whom he's played and recorded. The musicians heard here have worked with B.B., Aretha, Booker T., Dr. John, the Bo-Keys and more. This project had been years in the making, but when it became time to roll tape, "hit it and quit it" became the plan. One rehearsal, one recording take: this is what largely went down, with a team of Memphis stalwarts, Bob's inspired charts and Eden's earthy vocals sounding more Etta than Ella. Whether you're feeling a Dickensian winter bite in London or basking in balmy climes, this is a warm-hearted Christmas throwback you'll spin every year about this time!

Track Listing

  • Boogie Woogie Santa Claus
  • Santa Baby
  • Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  • Merry Christmas Baby
  • Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
  • Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
  • That's What I Want For Christmas
  • Blue Christmas
  • Winter Wonderland
  • The Christmas Waltz
  • Baby, It's Cold Outside
  • The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)
  

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