My favourite Vancouver-based jazz vocalist and trumpter Anita Eccleston is back with a new CD, “More Trumpet” available December 18, 2016. 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. (She also is known to shout out “More Trumpet!” at shows, so there’s that too.) It could also be called “More Awesome Band”, (ok, no that’s a horrible title for a CD), as this album does an excellent job of showcasing the great talent in her band: Andrew Smith (Guitar & Vocals), Graham Clark (Bass), Doug Gorkoff (Cello). 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. You can order the CD through Anita’s website, as well as iTunes, CD Baby, Spotify, and Apple Music.