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Mississippi Number One
     

Mississippi Number One

by Eden Brent
 
Aficionados of Mississippi-style blues and boogaloo will recognize Eden Brent's big smile, her honey-and-whiskey voice, and her riotously virtuosic piano playing. They'll also wonder why it took her so long to come out with a solo album. And indeed, this one feels like it was a long time coming -- Brent is all over the place, stylistically speaking, as if she's been

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Aficionados of Mississippi-style blues and boogaloo will recognize Eden Brent's big smile, her honey-and-whiskey voice, and her riotously virtuosic piano playing. They'll also wonder why it took her so long to come out with a solo album. And indeed, this one feels like it was a long time coming -- Brent is all over the place, stylistically speaking, as if she's been stocking up on songs and genres, and she sounds equally confident on rockers like the self-penned title track and the rollicking, ebullient kiss-off "Close the Door" as she does on the torchy "Love Me 'Til Dawn," on her stride piano interpretation of "Careless Love," and the Memphis-flavored soul strut of "Meet You Anywhere." Her grainy but lovely voice is shown off at its best on the sparest arrangements, in particular the joyful "Fried Chicken," which finds her accompanied only by acoustic guitar and harmonica. The closest thing to a low point on this album is her curiously flat and unconvincing take on the jazz standard "The Man I Love," which she seems to be singing about a man she kind of likes, but not in that way. Otherwise, Mississippi Number One is a consistently brilliant and joyful romp, one that makes you want badly to see her perform live. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/15/2008
Label:
Yellow Dog Records
UPC:
0823800161623
catalogNumber:
21616
Rank:
107149

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eden Brent   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Van Duren   Choir, Chorus
Jack Holder   Guitar
Jackie Johnson   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Sam Shoup   Double Bass
Jim Spake   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jimmie Kinard   Bass
Rick Steff   Organ
Marc Franklin   Trumpet
Ricky Chancey   Guitar,Harmonica
Darrell Bonner   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Richard M. Jones   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Jerry Livingston   Composer
J. Neiburg   Composer
Marty Symes   Composer
Maurice Kelly   Cover Photo
Dawn Hopkins   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Traditional   Composer
Brooke Barnett   Graphic Design
Eden Brent   Composer,Producer,Audio Production

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