Peter Eldridge continues to combine all facets of his musical talents into an eclectic mix of performing, recording, composing and teaching. He released his first two solo recordings in 2001-the sophisticated pop of 'Fool No More', a collection of his original music co-produced by Peter and multitalented Ben Wittman, as well as the bittersweet standards found in 'Stranger in Town', produced by Peter and Jean Lignel, featuring an all-star cast of jazz luminaries such as Michael Brecker, Lewis Nash, Claudio Roditi and Romero Lubambo. Both CDs were recorded for the independent label Rosebud Music. This comes after years of dynamic recordings with the Grammy award-winning vocal group New York Voices, which Peter co-founded with Darmon Meader. The group has been touring the world since 1989 and released its sixth CD in 2001, the critically acclaimed Concord album 'Sing Sing Sing', a swinging big band tribute produced by another Grammy winner, Elliot Scheiner. The New York Voices was recently voted "Favorite Vocal Jazz Group" in the 2002 Jazz Times reader poll.
Reaction to Peter's solo projects has been very strong. WICN-FM of Boston gave 'Stranger in Town' its own version of the Grammy award for best jazz album of 2001. The internet music service allmusicguide.com said of 'Fool No More', "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 Van Morrison: singer/songwriters who create catchy, beautiful tunes with insightful lyrics that are both personal and universal..."
Disappearing Day CD
Sunnyside Records, 2016
On his fifth and most diverse studio album, Peter Eldridge merges styles ranging from jazz to alternative to country. “Disappearing Day" showcases Peter’s inexhaustible musical fluency. This album premiers seven original tunes written or co-written by Eldridge and five re-arrangements of songs from some of his favorite artists, including Paul McCartney, Leonard Bernstein, Luciana Souza, and the Magnetic Fields. “Disappearing Day” draws listeners into Peter’s artistic sphere through a variety of musical settings and textures.
Moss is a vocal group which defies categorization, grown from friends wanting to investigate various forms of music with a modern sensibility, stepping outside of comfort zones and taking chances in arranging and composition. Their debut album on Sunnyside was considered one of the best albums of the last decade by Downbeat who called it ‘a hushed masterpiece’. The diverse collection of souls in Moss currently consists of Kate McGarry, Jo Lawry, Lauren Kinhan, Theo Bleckmannand Peter Eldridge.
New Definition EP
Foolish Hearts, 2012
Foolish Hearts is a relatively new duo featuring vocalist/pianist/composer Peter Eldridge (New York Voices, MOSS) and upright bassist/composer Matt Aronoff.
Having joined forces a few years ago, Foolish Hearts presents its own originals and arrangements of favorite jazz and pop tunes with an organic sensibility combining voices, piano, bass and percussion. The duo has toured the west coast and Europe, and performs regularly in NYC. ‘New Definition’ is the duo’s first recording project, a combo platter of genres from jazz to artistic singer/songwriter fare.
Mad Heaven CD
Palmetto Records, 2011
The Latin-inspired Mad Heaven, Peter’s first venture on Palmetto Records, lives up to all the kudos he’s received in the past. One might described it as sophisticated pop meets Brazil with arrangements reminiscent of Becker and Fagan.
Fool No More CD
Rosebud Records, 2001
"Peter Eldridge belongs in the celebrated tradition of melodic poets, most famously represented by such disparate voices as Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and Van Morrison."