JAZZ TIMES READER'S POLL 2019
New Release #2 Peter Eldridge/Kenny Werner Somewhere
Vocal Release #3 New York Voices Reminiscing in Tempo
A superb musical alchemist, Peter Eldridge synthesizes modern jazz with not only pop but also R&B and Latin music. The results are varied and dynamic but also aesthetically focused, as Eldridge's mellifluous baritone and urbane lyrics brim with pop accessibility. - John Murph, JazzTimes
Peter Eldridge belongs in the celebrated tradition of melodic poets, most famously represented by such disparate voices as Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, and Steely Dan -- singer/songwriters who write catchy, beautiful tunes with insightful lyrics that are both personal and universal. - Judith Schlesinger, All Music Guide
Eldridge invests in his songs with remarkable poetry, beauty, charm and depth to spare. - David Pulizzi, Jazziz
It wouldn't necessarily be inaccurate to refer to Peter Eldridge as a 'singer-songwriter,' but that tag definitely does not fit him. Such a label just undercuts the creative brilliance behind his music, diminishing the beauty, truth, strength, wit, and compassion in his work. The man is far more than a simple spinner of songs. His is the true voice of understanding, speaking on its own terms while also capturing and expressing the emotions that we all feel. If ever there was a singular artist capable of showing us the singularity in ourselves, it's Peter Eldridge. - All About Jazz
If musical intelligence and artistry were prompters to marketplace success, Decorum would grant him stardom. . . strong, far-ranging voice . . hauntingly wistful - DownBeat
(Somewhere) …sophisticated arrangements…It’s lush without being stuffy and always classy…Peter Eldridge’s baritone timbre, used with elegant delicacy, greatly enhances this impression…clever and distinguished music… – Yves Dorison, Culture Jazz
Peter Eldridge can sing blues with great conviction, swing with great ease, caress a ballad with the best, and on his newest 'Disappearing Day', seems to have no fear taking chances with his music. - Step Tempest
His fifth studio album, Disappearing Day, with its strength in songwriting and almost tongue-in-cheek lyricism, moves his music from its deserved pedestal in jazz further into genre-blending uncharted territory. - FoundSound
Disappearing Day’—Eldridge’s fifth album to date—is an out-and-out masterpiece. It delivers a dozen of the most spellbinding tracks you’re likely to encounter in 2016. His is the true voice of understanding, speaking on its own terms while also capturing and expressing the emotions that we all feel. If ever there was a singular artist capable of showing us the singularity in ourselves, it’s Peter Eldridge. – All About Jazz
Mad Heaven showcases Eldridge as a major player in vocal jazz, an artist of extraordinary depth and conviction -Jazz Review
I am listening to Peter Eldridge’s new record, ‘Disappearing Day’. I am grinning like a fool as each new sonic joy unfolds. The instrumentation is precise, landscapes neatly drawn, each song carefully and perfectly embraced and enhanced. There’s just no category for what Peter does.
It’s simply exquisite, timeless work. - Jonatha Brooke
Peter Eldridge’s ‘Disappearing Day’ is refreshing, authentic music delivered straight from the soul. The rich harmonies and gorgeous production highlight his smooth, effortless vocals, masterful poetry, and gorgeous piano accompaniments. I’m inspired that this kind of music is still being created. – Becca Stevens
The debut album by Moss was named one of the best CDs of the past decade - Downbeat.
(MOSS) This jazz vocal supergroup has just created the greatest vocal fusion of jazz, rock and folk music since the first record by Bobby McFerrin 26 years ago.... It's as if they invented an entirely new blend of urban madrigalism for the 21st century, composed of coffee shop, jazz club, off-Broadway theater and church basement. - Jeff Simon, Buffalo News
Innovative vocal ensembles are a rare breed, and Moss is sui generis. Their superbly attuned voices weave vocal tapestries plush as velvet, mysterious as photosynthesis, nuanced as clouds, yet simple as greens... as uncategorizable as it is enchanting. - Fred Bouchard, DownBeat
(MOSS)...soul stirring , majestic, comforting, inquisitive, hypnotic and wise.... their beauty is ultimately intangible.
- Christopher Loudon, JazzTimes
Track Listing: You Don't Know Me; I'm So Glad You're Mine; That Which Can't Be Explained; Autumn In Three; Minds Of Their Own; Less Than Lovers; Difficult; Ballad For Trane; Somewhere/A Time For Love; Untitlted Lament; Day Is Done (Prayer For Diego).
Personnel: Peter Eldridge: vocals, piano (7); Kenny Werner: piano, electric piano, string arrangements; Eugene Friesen: cello, string arrangement (7), conductor; Matt Aronoff: bass; Yoron Israel: drums; George Garzone: tenor saxophone (8); Bengisu Gokce: violin; Louisa Byron: violin; Sienna Seoyeon Im: violin; Francesco Rijks: violin; Tania Mesa: violin; Ruah Yeonsong Kim: violin; Cansu Oyzurek: violin; Cynthia (Pei Hua) Lin: violin; Tim Bilodeau: violin; Louise Bichan: violin; Cecelia Cook: viola; Gerson Equiguren: viola; Jenny Frantz: viola; Cristobal Cruz Garcia: cello; Aodan Collins: cello; Peter Yuezhang Liu: cello; Victor Gonzalez: bass; Marcelo MacCagnan: bass; Tatyana Phillips: harp.
Edward Blanco Sept. 19, 2019
...finally come together for a collaboration of talent and song that has been percolating for nearly a decade. The result is the incredible, sophisticated harmonic treasure Somewhere, a masterful fusion of song, talent and magic, nicely wrapped in an audacious eleven-track vocal album.
– Yves Dorison, Culture Jazz
...this clever and distinguished music has surreptitiously carried us into reveries that only this type of album can generate. In these times when the inhuman misery is spreading, romanticism has significant assets because, by its very timelessness, it soothes. But what is this old French expression that was used not so long ago? Oh yes, "put some balm in your heart."