Eden Brent (from the album An Eden Brent Christmas with Bob Dowell available on Yellow Dog Records)
Romance on the high seas led to a holiday tradition when Eden Brent and Bob Dowell gathered in Eden’s hometown of Greenville, Mississippi for the Christmas season. Their personal relationship began after meeting on a 2008 Blues cruise, the couple marrying and Bob relocating to the U.S. from his home in London, England. The pair translate the magic of the season into song with An Eden Brent Christmas with Bob Dowell. Partnering Eden Brent’s branded Gulf Coast Blues boogie with Royal Academy of Music graduate Bob Dowell and his work on trombone and as an arranger proved a musical match. The result tags sonic traditions of lush 1950/1960’s Pop in the Jazz and Blues styles.
The album keeps stockings swinging, An Eden Brent Christmas swaying on a winter weather reading from the couple as Eden and Bob Dowell duet on “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”. Eden Brent snuggles into a Blue Jazz rhythm that keeps the beat bouncing through the forecast of “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow” while she makes a wish list with a seductive Blues to address “Santa Baby”, waits patiently in ¾ time with “The Christmas Waltz”, and rocks a little to shake off the chill of “Blue Christmas”. Recorded in Memphis, Tennessee with the city’s A-List players, An Eden Brent Christmas with Bob Dowell, the musicians hushing the melody to a whisper to share “That’s What I Want for Christmas” as Eden’s piano introduces a shuffle for “Winter Wonderland” while the drum lays down a second line beat that becomes a rhumba once the big guy is spotted in “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”. Dubbed Little Boogaloo for her keyboard work, Eden Brent borrows a song with the same swing from Mabel Scott to open An Eden Brent Christmas with “Boogie Woogie Santa Claus” as she quietly offers “Have Yourself a Merry Little Chrismas” and exits the album namechecking signs of the season with “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)”.
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