Anita Eccleston’s album More Trumpet is an intimate collection of traditional jazz standards. Her sophisticated vocal palette paints haunting, romantic and uplifting landscapes while her playful lyricism on trumpet acts as an extension of that voice. Official release on December 18th, 2016. Download available at CD Baby https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/anitaeccleston3 or iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/more-trumpet/id1185121259
So It Goes
An exciting follow-up to her debut release 'Jazz EP' (2011), Anita Eccleston’s new jazz album 'More Trumpet' is an intimate collection of traditional standards showcasing her distinctive vocal stylings alongside a whole lot more trumpet! With her savvy collaborators, guitarist and occasional vocalist Andrew Smith, guest cellist Doug Gorkoff, and bassist Graham Clark, Anita’s arrangements reveal a mature subtlety of craft. Reminiscent at times of Diana Krall’s drumless Love Scenes album, More Trumpet is steeped in romance with upbeat songs like “Fly Me to The Moon”, “Time After Time”, and “All of Me” not to mention the nostalgic ballads “These Foolish Things” and “What a Wonderful World.” Her sophisticated vocal palette is exemplified in the eerily haunting “Angel Eyes,” while her playful lyricism on trumpet throughout the album acts as an extension of that voice. Guitarist Andrew Smith is the featured vocalist in an elegant rendition of “I’m Just a Lucky So and So.” Anita has said “Although I am often artistically drawn to many genres of music, my deepest love is for jazz and I feel the most at home within the sphere of the jazz world...I wanted to create an album that would allow me to sing and play from my heart.”
"This is a collection of traditional jazz standards that let her vocals shine and excellently showcases her lyrical trumpet playing. “More Trumpet” is an apt title for this album, as I think we get a little bit more of her heartfelt trumpet playing than on previous albums... this album does an excellent job of showcasing the great talent in her band:.. The addition of the cello on several tracks is unexpected, and also gloriously unique and a really nice added touch to the sound. Anita’s voice absolutely captivates throughout the album. She has a great joy and playfulness to her sound on the up-tempo tunes, fully delves into the emotional depths in the ballads, and throughout she has that signature sultry tone that I just can’t get enough of. The increase in trumpet playing is a very welcome aspect to this album as well. She has a wonderfully lyrical, expressive voice with her horn. This is a solid disk, with very enjoyable takes on timeless jazz standards. Great singing, great playing, and a really nice flow from one track to the next. If you like jazz, I think you will really enjoy this album." - December 15, 2016 "More Trumpet" Album Review (Ryan Noakes, Musetta Stone) Downloadable PDF
."Anita Eccleston's More Trumpet has plenty of voice...the album finds her working through classics from the jazz songbook." - December 13, 2016 More Trumpet showcases singer’s other instrument (Stuart Derdeyn, Vancouver Sun) Downloadable PDF
The new album, So It Goes is her third official release being preceded by her Jazz EP (2011) and Trio EP (2013). Her first offering of original music, carefully crafted over the last 3 years in 3 studios with over 20 musicians, expresses her musical tastes and style, each track shining with distinctive brilliance. As the debut for Anita Eccleston's original song writing, this record represents a spiritual journey through universal truths about real human relationships as we experience the complexities of love. Be it the sweet optimism of new love in “Just an Hour,” the heartfelt pledge of loyalty in the ballad “Call Me Up,” or the sting of unrequited love in the bluesy “Claim On You,” the songs weave a story to which we can all relate. The whole LP exemplifies Anita's eclectic approach to style and arranging within her jazz vocal/trumpet sound expressing the spirit of each song in a unique way. The album closes with a simple farewell called “The Good Life,” a ukulele and cello duet conveying a sense of sorrow mingled with acceptance; so it goes. The official release date was March 30 with the CD launch party being held at FanClub in Vancouver. Prior to that, So It Goes was available for pre-release through Eccleston’s successful Pledge Music campaign online.
Anita Eccleston - Vocals & Trumpet
Alexander Flock - Electric Guitar
Michael Vaughan - Upright Bass
Recorded live to the floor Nov. 12, 2012.
Engineered & Mixed by Kody Beaudoin at 8 Ohm Studios.
Copyright 2012 (SOCAN/ASCAP) Made in Canada.
St. Louis Blues written by W.C. Handy.
Scarlet Scribbles & Just An Hour written by Anita Eccleston.
Artwork by Darryl Hopkins
“Eccleston’s sultry voice and trumpet playing gives the first track, ‘St. Louis Blues,’ a slow, late night treatment…The guitar is a perfect compliment and the bass loves her voice…[Her original composition] ‘Just An Hour” is a sunny little tune with an infectious ska rhythm. The lyrics leave you feeling buoyed with anticipation.” -April 4th, 2013 “Earshot Review of the Anita Eccleston Trio EP” (Shelley Gummeson) Downloadable PDF
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Jazz EP Released 30 November 2011
Anita Eccleston - Vocals (All Tracks), Trumpet (Tracks 1 & 7) & Flugel Horn (Track 4)
Matt Warnock - Electric Guitar (Tracks 5 & 6)
Kenny Bibace - Electric Guitar (Tracks 2-4, & 7)
Kris Ruston - Electric Guitar (Track 1)
Anna Ruddick - Upright Bass (Tracks 2-7)
Neil Brun - Electric Bass (Track 1)
Eric Thibodeau - Drums (Tracks 2-4, & 7)
Richard Graham - Drums (Track 1)
Track 1 recorded June 2010 at Small World Studios, Kamloops, BC, engineered and mixed by Kris Ruston.
Tracks 2-4, & 7 recorded September 2004 at Studio A, McGill University, Montreal, QC, engineered and mixed by Elie Bellama.
Tracks 5 & 6 recorded June 2003 at My Living Room Studio, Rue Durocher, Montreal, QC, engineered and mixed by Michael Murray.
All tracks mastered by Chris Gestrin at Public Alley 421.
The Visual Artists:
Photography: Jenna Wakani
Graphic Design: Meghan Kuntz