David Edelfelt | Better

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by David Edelfelt

Jazz and pop sensibilities mixed with classical and inspirational elements to create a unique blend of styles through vocals the Chicago Tribune calls "luxuriant" and "magisterial" - a voice that "probably sounds great singing the weather forecast."
Genre: Easy Listening: Cabaret
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  Song Share Time Download
1. It Isn't so Good It Couldn't Get Better
3:10 $1.19
2. Nature Boy
4:13 $1.19
3. Being Alive
4:22 $1.19
4. I Am Changing
3:47 $1.19
5. Rain, Sun and Snow
5:31 $1.19
6. Temporary: Everything Must Change
6:09 $1.19
7. Smile
3:53 $1.19
8. I Wanna Be Better
4:38 $1.19
9. At the Same Time (feat. Sophie Grimm)
4:41 $1.19
10. Secret O'Life
3:47 $1.19
11. Still Learning
5:32 $1.19
12. You Raise Me Up
4:57 $1.19
13. Better Than I
4:00 $1.19
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Album Notes
"David Edelfelt is a masterful voice helping to re-imagine the Great American Songbook while breathing new life into this timeless music. His vocal range is second only to the depth and breadth of his emotional range. All music should inspire and captivate us as he does on this new album."

Released in October 2017, “better” is the long-awaited new recording from acclaimed vocalist David Edelfelt. This stunning new collection brings jazz, pop and classical elements to standards, show tunes and inspirational songs made all the more stunning by David's powerful, rich vocals from a voice the Chicago Tribune calls "a luxuriant instrument."

Showcasing an impressive variety of styles and emotions, Mr. Edelfelt has crafted a very personal yet universally appealing collection of songs about being better, about things that make or motivate us to be better and do better - in our selves, our relationships and our world - with the intent that this album will bring the listener thoughts of inspiration, challenge, clarity and peace. A 12-page booklet including every lyric of each song accompanies the CD; a collection of thoughts and ideas that is in itself a master class in being better - a great reason to make sure you purchase the physical product rather than merely downloading the music only.

David’s intent is more than fulfilled in this album that features such inspirational songs as At The Same Time by Chicago’s Ann Hampton Callaway, Better Than I by John Bucchino, and the anthemic You Raise Me Up; songs that are needed and welcome in these tumultuous times. He shows us real jazz sensibilities in It Isn’t So Good It Couldn’t Get better, his own composition I Wanna Be Better, a haunting yet sultry remake of the Nat King Cole classic Nature Boy, then offers up soft and tender with James Taylor’s Secret O’ Life and the well-known Smile by Charlie Chaplin, breathing new depths of understanding into the songs. His full-throated baritone illumines Broadway classics Being Alive and I Am Changing and makes them his own. With this album, Edelfelt not only achieves his goal of being better, but we the listeners are as well.

With a voice that New York's Cabaret Scenes Magazine has compared to "hot caramel,” the multi-talented David Edelfelt has sung roles from Mozart ‘s Figaro to Kander & Ebb’s Emcee in Cabaret across the country and abroad. Recently he has graced some of the most prestigious stages in and around Chicago, including The Park West, Drury Lane Water Tower Place, Preston Bradley Hall at the Cultural Center, Davenport's Cabaret, the Skokie Theatre, Victory Gardens and Maxim's and has written and performed several cabaret shows that have been called "superlative from start to finish, hilarious, deliciously engaging and simply brilliant.”

With some of the nation’s top musicians joining David for this recording, (Beckie Menzie, piano, Andy Brown, guitar, Jim Gailloreto on woodwinds, Jim Cox, bass, Phil Gratteau, drums), better is an experience not to miss. Along with his debut CD Love is Born at Christmas, better is available here as well as online at iTunes, amazon.com, and all digital and streaming outlets. DavidEdelfelt.com



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Mary Michell

A CD to start your day - every day!
This is my go-to CD for starting my day. The songs are so inspiriing and moving, and the singer is just perfection , I love David’s Christmas CD and listen to it every year at the holidays. This one is more personal for me, and carries so many messages for us all to think about and live by., Thsnk you, David Edelfelt, for singing to us again!

Barry Taylor

A wonderful CD!
I really love this CD. All the songs are wonderful, but highlights for me include Rain, Sun & Snow from Fairy Tales which is just gorgeous. Also, David's take on You Raise Me Up is incredible. I've heard him sing it live and now on the CD, and each time it gives me chills. I also think the two pieces that David wrote are real standouts. I cracked up with his zillion rhymes for "better" in I Wanna Be Better, and I simply adore Still Learning - it has a universal message that we can all still learn important life lessons. Highly recommended!!

Cathy Glickman

David,, I have always been a fan of your voice.! Every time I hear you sing at an event in Chicago, you voice is like butter and it melts me. But THIS, this CD takes you, your experience, your voice, and your soul to a level of expertise that sets you apart from....well...just about EVERYBODY!!! The song order, the song choice, the arrangements, the lush orchestrations, the simple pure high notes, and the list goes ON AND ON AND ON. i
I have an hour commute to work three times a week and this CD has kept me company for 2 weeks now.
I hear something new each time.
Thank you for this gift and thank you for YOU!

Carol D Marsh

A CD you will never get tired of
Too bad there's not a sixth star - I'd use it for this wonderful CD. David Edelfelt seems to be able to do nothing wrong and everything right. His voice is gorgeous and his ability to convey emotion stunning. He arranges many of the songs on this CD with originality and musicality. He plays piano on "Still Learning" - which he composed, lyrics included. Oh, and he also composed "I Wanna Be Better". Wait, did I mention that his voice is gorgeous? You will listen to this CD over and over again, and, like me, weep every time you hear David's "You Raise Me Up." A beautiful, emotional, musical, wonderful listen.