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"I've been inspired for this record from a very young age," said Eldredge. "I dreamt of the day I could record all these classic songs that I've loved since I was a little kid. I recorded those classics in New York City and tried to give a tip of the hat to the ones that came before me - Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Ray Charles - by adding that swing and that soul to the best of my ability. When it came to actually recording, I wanted to live in the experience. We hung Christmas lights in the studio in the middle of May and had musicians from the best bands in the world all in the same room - from horns to strings. Everyone was so inspired to make this classic record. I think it really shows in the songs and I can't wait for people to hear that magic we found." The album was recorded at the legendary Avatar Studios in New York which has hosted many iconic artists including Bob Dylan, Tony Bennett, Bruce Springsteen, John Lennon, Billy Joel, Iggy Pop, Madonna and David Bowie. Produced by Rob Mounsey (Elton John, James Taylor, Idina Menzel, Michael Bublé) and Jay Newland (Etta James, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton), it will feature many of your favorite Christmas standards, plus an original titled "Glow."
Personnel: David Spinozza (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Sylvia D'Avanzo, Adda Kridler, Yuko Naito-Gotay, Paul Woodiel, Sean Carney, Jonathan Dinklage (violin); Chris Cardona, Isabel Hagen (viola); Clarice Jensen, Anja Wood (cello); Aaron Heick (alto saxophone); Charles Pillow, Dave Riekenberg (tenor saxophone); Roger Rosenberg (baritone saxophone); Nick Marchione, Scott Wendholt, Barry Danielian, Tony Kadleck (trumpet); Michael Davis , Randy Andos (trombone); Jeff Nelson (bass trombone); Rob Mounsey (piano, keyboards); David Finck (acoustic bass, electric bass); Dennis Mackrel (drums).
Audio Mixer: Jay Newland.
Recording information: Avatar Studios, New York, NY; The Attic, Bellevue, TN.
Arranger: Rob Mounsey.
Abandoning all modern trappings, Brett Eldredge chooses to go the full Frank Sinatra on his 2016 seasonal affair Glow. Leaving behind the R&B rhythms that underpin his hit singles is a bit of a risky move for Eldredge, as it pushes the spotlight directly onto his vocals. Eldredge may not take many risks on Glow -- he's determined to adhere to string-saturated tradition, so he never plays with his phrasing -- but he's warm and charming, which gives him enough swagger to ride the snazzy big-band arrangements on Glow. Often, these tunes -- everything is familiar apart from the newly written title track, which is designed to pass without notice among the standards -- are so overheated they suggest a Vegas revue, but that's also the appeal of Glow. Eldredge plays with the schlockiest aspects of show biz, but his tongue is never in his cheek: he believes in this bluster, and that's the fun of Glow. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine