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by Peter Eldridge

Singer/songwriter Peter Eldridge's second album featuring original music that is brilliant combination of pop and jazz.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. Playing in Traffic
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2. Open Book
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3. Anything but the Unknown
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4. Full Grown man (on the Playground)
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5. Dark out of the Night
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6. Every Threatening One
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7. Difficult
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8. Sunday Driver
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9. Busy Being Blue
3:54 $0.99
10. Surrender
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Peter Eldridge's original songs from his long awaited album, "Decorum" following his critically acclaimed 2001 releases, "Fool No More" and "Stranger in Town." Peter's latest album is a brilliant combination of pop and jazz, using his singer/songwriter chops in combination with the skills he has acquired through singing with the Grammy award-winning New York Voices. "Decorum" -- co-produced by Peter Eldridge and Ben Wittman -- features guitarists Marc Shulman and Ben Monder, bassist Tim Lefebvre, drummer/percussionist Ben Wittman and special guests: Joel Frahm and Darmon Meader on tenor saxophones, Seth Fruiterman on accordian and Lauren Kinhan, Theo Bleckmann and Jonatha Brooke, vocals.

Peter Eldridge continues to combine all facets of his musical talents into an eclectic mix of performing, recording, composing and teaching. He released his first two solo recordings in 2001-the sophisticated pop of 'Fool No More', a collection of his original music co-produced by Peter and multitalented Ben Wittman, as well as the bittersweet standards found in 'Stranger in Town', produced by Peter and Jean Lignel, featuring an all-star cast of jazz luminaries such as Michael Brecker, Lewis Nash, Claudio Roditi and Romero Lubambo. Both CDs were recorded for the independent label Rosebud Music. This comes after years of dynamic recordings with the Grammy award-winning vocal group New York Voices, which Peter co-founded with Darmon Meader. The group has been touring the world since 1989 and released its sixth CD in 2001, the critically acclaimed Concord album 'Sing Sing Sing', a swinging big band tribute produced by another Grammy winner, Elliot Scheiner. The New York Voices was recently voted "Favorite Vocal Jazz Group" in the 2002 Jazz Times reader poll.

Reaction to Peter's solo projects has been very strong. WICN-FM of Boston gave 'Stranger in Town' its own version of the Grammy award for best jazz album of 2001. The internet music service allmusicguide.com said of 'Fool No More', "Eldridge belongs in the celebrated tradition of melodic poets, most famously represented by such disparate voices as Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and Van Morrison: singer/songwriters who create catchy, beautiful tunes with insightful lyrics that are both personal and universal..."



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Maria Neckam

Decorum is one of those CDs that you fall in love with a little more every time you listen to it. Peter Eldridge's style is unique, honest and therefor agelessly beautiful.


Ofcourse I love u Peter. I lobe, rather "love", anything u write. You're the bes
The cd is absolutely TERRIFIC!!!! We, your adoring public, anxiously wait for more.

Lois Brownsey

Give it a couple of listens and you'll fall completely in love with it.
If you spend a little time with 'Decorum', you may fall totally in love with it. Its one of those records that grows on you - for all the right reasons.

The songs are so beautifully written, with mature themes that go beyond the surface. Peter's vocal chops are great, he's really got an outstanding voice - but he doesn't show off - he just sings the songs, tells the stories, and lets it breath. His sound is kind of unique. I can't think of anyone else he sounds like, and I like that.

The arrangements are also noteworthy - with enough variety to keep you interested right through to the end. Still, there's a mood to the entire cd. You can hear some of the influences and they're quite diverse. Some cool sounding tracks, some thick, lush, others are more stark, some sax here and there... you get the idea.

For people who know the artist's work as a member of the New York Voices - be forewarned - this is not a jazz album. But for me, its the best kind of contemporary music (pop?) - the good kind. Real musicians making grown up music.

Ok, guess you get it - I really love this record.

Gary Kahn

Better than Kathie Lee! No, really.
I am a musical sophisticate, with extremely rarified tastes. While I enjoy jazz, I often find it condescending or self indulgent. Blues can be, frankly, a tad depressing. Pop music, while providing a toe-tapping feel-good energy, often is mind-numbingly predictibale in its harmonies, melodies, and most cringingly, lyrics. This CD suffers none of these tragic flaws, and provides a jaunty and thoughtful romp through styles, emotions, and genres. Peter's former CDs have all been terrific, and this one shows his continued climb to greatness. You are a shmuck not to own this CD!

mel flannery

intelligent pop infused jazz, amazing depth and sensitivity yet witty and take-n
mr. eldridge certainly has arrived with this breath-taking tertiary album. a far cry from your father's jazz singer, eldridge pairs his deliciously soulful and versatile voice with catchy-yet-complex originals for a sound that is impossible to resist and far overdue. both jazz and pop genres have been waiting for someone like eldridge to come along and give us just what we've been needing. take advantage of the gift eldridge has given us--decorum is not to be missed.

Andrew Miller

Great progression in the new Eldridge style!
I really enjoyed this album. Not all of the track appealed to me at first, but after a few listens, they have all grown on me. I was hoping for a few more upbeat pieces like Saving Grace and Fool No More. However, tracks like Every Threatening One and Playing in Traffic help. The quiet, introspective pieces were great too, especillay Dark Out Of The Night and Open Book. In general, a great mix of styles and different pieces. I'll be listening to the cd over and over, just like I am right now. I really want to hear Peter do a song like First Morning again, still my all time favorite!

Neil McGarry

The very best in modern song writing. Beautifully contemplative and thoroughly o
Fantastic! I count "Too Busy Being Blue" among the very best songs ever written. The entire CD is rife with subtly and ever so beautiful.

Jacob Hunt

Inventive and Inspiring!
This CD is one of the most inventive CDs I have ever heard. Not only is the music wonderful but the lyrics are insightful. It's also exciting to hear Peter go beyond traditional instruments and play a cardboard box with brushes in "Full Grown Man".

Ellen Winters

Sublime, honest, heartbreaking and breathtaking
I recently had the pleasure of hearing Peter perform several of these tunes in Greenwich Village and the only thing better than listening to "Decorum" with a great glass of wine, is hearing Peter sing these songs live. The subtle nuances that are found in these arrangements require you to listen more than once, which isn't a difficult task to undertake. Peter's honey warm sound can be everything from edgy (in "Full Grown Man (on the Playground)") to heartbreakingly sweet ("Difficult" & "Dark out of the Night.") The songwriting on this 3rd CD offers a wide range of insights and stories. From a nod to "standard" guru Richard Rogers ("Difficult")to a more rocked out and edgy feel ("Every Threatening One") this CD does not follow a cookie-cutter format in any way. Thank you, Peter! Even though many listeners may have been introduced to Peter through the award-winning vocal jazz mainstay New York Voices, he clearly has his own voice. Even with the brilliant talents of NYV bandmates Lauren Kinhan and Darmon Meader sprinkled throughout the CD, it's all Peter-all day.

With elements of straight-ahead jazz ("Sunday Driver"), Pat Metheny inspired guitar solos("Anything But the Unknown")and Peter's spontaneous and sometimes haunting piano, this CD has everything a true musician wants. Not much more can be said about the other wonderful musicians on this recording (guitarists Marc Shulman and Ben Monder, bassist Tim Lefebvre and drummer/percussionist Ben Wittman) except to say that they compliment this amazing singer/songwriter and make the whole greater than the sum of its parts. This pop/funk/jazz CD will be in my rotation for a long time.

This soulful offering cannot leave the listener unstirred -either to re-examine his/her own passions or strive to find new ones.

Jared Handspicker

As usual - a STUNNING piece of work!
I've always enjoyed Peter's music, from way back in his college days, so I was not surprised to find this album so appealing. I was pleased it was SO good, though! His lyrics are inspiring and intellectual, his voice is as soothing as velvet, and his music causes one's soul to dance. My daughters are huge fans, and their only "complaint" is that he's SO soothing, they can't listen to him in the van, as he lulls them to sleep! Yes, he's THAT good! Oh, and they're teenagers! So, if you're looking for a mindful piece, able to soothe all your senses, this is the album to buy. I can't wait for his next solo project. Have been an NYV fan for nearly as long as the group has been together and thoroughly enjoyed their recent tour with the Boston Pops!
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