Title - 'A New York Session'
Artist - Ellen Edwards
For those not in the know, the beautifully serendipitous story behind Ellen Edwards’ dynamic breakthrough EP A New York Session (due out February 2nd, 2020), begins with her songwriting teacher, legendary country artist Suzy Bogguss.
Loving the Atlanta based singer-songwriter’s jazz-based material, Bogguss then hooked up her student with her former producer, veteran keyboardist Jason Miles.
Hearing immediate potential in Ellen’s powerfully emotive storytelling and distinctive phrasing, Miles quickly assembled a Big Apple based ensemble of session greats – including trumpeter Randy Brecker, pianist Robbie Kondor, guitarist Jeff Mironov and percussionist Richie Morales.
Thus, her debut EP, the aptly-titled A New York Session brings forth 5 tracks that ooze spontaneity, soul and grit and also perfectly showcases Ellen’s naturally expressive singer/songwriter qualities.
1. 'Over There'
2. 'Let The Fire Grow' (featuring Randy Brecker)
3. 'Love's On My Side'
4. 'Blue and Green'
5. 'The Queen's Bridge'
From the soothing and infectious drum-led soul and jazz gem opener 'Over There' (a song about having the vision and courage to move forward), to the highly emotive, lush groove of 'Let the Fire Grow' (featuring a lavish trumpet solo by Randy Brecker), to the gospel and blues-tinged ballad 'Love’s On My Side,' you instantly know each and every track holds sentiments dear to Edwards herself.
Indeed, when it comes to her piano track 'Blue and Green,' it actually touches on her grief of letting go of her kids and her long-held identity as a mom, with and acceptance of her new life at the end, and then the EP rounds out with the once again drum-led funk pop, jazz-influenced 'Queens Bridge.'
The latter track chronicles a clever conversation with herself, trying to push away her years of the lies of self-criticism and take new chances and so with Ellen clearly searching both within and outside of herself for their collective inspirations, A New York Session might well just be one of the most heartfelt and genuinely aesthetic works of music to come out in decades.
“The most inspiring part of recording A New York Session and looking forward to this new phase of my career has been disciplining myself as a songwriter, singer and pianist more than ever before,” Ellen says.
"A few years ago, I wondered what would become of my life when the kids left, and now I have meaningful work to do. I’m always in my home studio practicing and woodshedding songs and vocals."
"It’s exciting to realize after so many years that I’m still getting better. Whatever happens out there, I know I can keep improving and evolving.”
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