reviewed by Dave O Rama
Packing a polished and sassy approach to the American jazz songbook trumpet player and vocalist Anita Eccleston delivers some memorable jazz standards with skill and enthusiasm. Eccleston possesses a rich expressive voice that lends itself beautifully to her take on lounge classics such as These Foolish Things, What A Wonderful World, and one of my favourites, Fly Me To The Moon.
Eccleston impressively coaxes full arrangements from her compact trio featuring Graham Clark on a swinging upright bass, Andrew Smith painting his glistening guitar flourishes all over the musical garden while Doug Gorkoff adds another dimension with cello. The arrangements are bright and full of personality while allowing Eccleston’s sumptuous trumpet phrasings to float on top like frothy milk on a tall mug of dark java.
Eccleson proves herself as a jazz chanteuse with a heartwarming voice combined with the personality, ear, and musical chops of an appealing band leader. More Trumpet is an album spilling over with reverence and tingling with nostalgic resonance.
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