Mad Heaven

Mad Heaven

by Peter Eldridge
     
 

As of early 2011, at least three members of New York Voices had recorded solo albums: Darmon Meader, Lauren Kinhan, and Peter Eldridge, whose albums outside of New York Voices have not been easy to categorize. Eldridge's solo albums have drawn not only on jazz, but also, R&BSee more details below

Overview

As of early 2011, at least three members of New York Voices had recorded solo albums: Darmon Meader, Lauren Kinhan, and Peter Eldridge, whose albums outside of New York Voices have not been easy to categorize. Eldridge's solo albums have drawn not only on jazz, but also, R&B, pop
ock, folk, and world music; Mad Heaven is probably best described as "crossover jazz-pop with a strong Latin influence." Latin usually means Brazilian on this early 2011 release, although that isn't always the case. "Buffet Philosophy," for example, favors more of an Afro-Cuban groove. But the Brazilian influence asserts itself quite a bit, and that is true on Eldridge originals (including "Charmer," "Warm December," "On Second Thought," and the title song) as well as on appealing arrangements of Ary Barroso'd "Prá Muchucar Meu Coracão," Ivan Lins' "No Tomorrow," Ray Noble's "The Very Thought of You," and Carlos Lyra & Vinicius de Moraes' "Voce e Eu." No one will accuse Eldridge of being an aggressive belter on Mad Heaven; his vocals are subtle and understated throughout this hour-long CD, drawing on an intriguing variety of influences that ranges from Michael Franks to Chet Baker to Steely Dan to Brazilian icon João Gilberto. The Steely Dan influence comes through both musically and lyrically; Eldridge clearly appreciates Walter Becker & Donald Fagen's melodic sensibilities, and at times, his lyrics can have the dry, cryptic quality that Steely Dan's lyrics have long been known for. Although jazz-friendly, Mad Heaven is unlikely to appeal to jazz purists; there is too much pop
ock and R&B influence for that (even know Eldridge uses acoustic guitar, acoustic piano, and upright bass). And anyone who expects Peter Eldridge's solo output to be a carbon copy of his work with New York Voices is bound to be disappointed. But for non-purist jazz enthusiasts who are also open to pop
ock, R&B, and Latin music, Mad Heaven is a consistently enjoyable and interesting effort from the longtime New York Voices member.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/15/2011
Label:
Palmetto Records
UPC:
0753957214623
catalogNumber:
2146

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Peter Eldridge   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Gil Goldstein   Accordion
Kate McGarry   Background Vocals
Aaron Heick   Alto Flute
Lauren Kinhan   Background Vocals
Darmon Meader   Tenor Saxophone,Background Vocals
Marc Shulman   Electric Guitar
Ben Wittman   Percussion,Drums
Tim Lefebvre   Bass,Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Chris Cheek   Baritone Saxophone
Joel Frahm   Tenor Saxophone
Rondi Charleston   Background Vocals
Keith Ganz   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Alan Ferber   Bass Trombone
Amy Cervini   Background Vocals
Jo Lawry   Vocals,Background Vocals
James Shipp   Percussion

Technical Credits

Peter Eldridge   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Horn Arrangements,Woodwind Arrangement
Ben Wittman   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,overdub engineer
Michael Brorby   Engineer
Manfred Knoop   Engineer
Tim Lefebvre   Arranger
Keith Ganz   Arranger
James Shipp   Arranger
Moraes   Composer
Barroso   Composer

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