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Peter Eldridge :: Decorum
by Joe McGaha

In 2001, I caught a Theo Bleckmann concert at Joe’s Pub in New York City and I just listened to the latest c.d. from his colleague, Peter Eldridge. I n comparison with Bleckmann, Eldridge’s music seems a little bit more mainstream (this could be because the show that I with Bleckmann consisted more of experiment with sound & rhythm, without many lyrics). The first song on the c.d. is called Playing in Traffic. I like the words a lot – kind of reminds me of the idea behind the classic tune “Let’s Get Lost”. He says “such control within the chaos, fearless, oblivious, smile and be on our way”. The music is very pretty, melodic, and with a sense of humor to the lyrics. Theo Bleckmann sings backup on the second song, Open Book. Eldridge & Bleckmann’s voices blend wonderfully, and you can tell that they put a lot of thought into this song (I also recognize a bit of Bleckmann’s style in the melody).

The songs on this recording are perfect to listen to on a rainy day. I would recommend a glass of good wine, while you relax and soak in these tunes.

You can tell that Eldridge has a lot of influences, including Soul and Blues. The song Full Grown Man (on the playground) is much closer to the Jazz that I’m used to, and Eldridge sings with a very Soulful voice in it.

All in all, I would recommend this album for its variety. Each song has its own personality, and something new to tell us. At the same time, it all sounds very familiar.

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published 10.11.2005© 2005 jazz news :: home page

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