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Album Review

Aficionados of Mississippi-style blues and boogaloo will recognize Eden Brent's big smile, her honey-and-whiskey voice, and her riotously virtuosic piano playing. They'll also wonder why it took her so long to come out with a solo album. And indeed, this one feels like it was a long time coming — Brent is all over the place, stylistically speaking, as if she's been stocking up on songs and genres, and she sounds equally confident on rockers like the self-penned title track and the rollicking, ebullient kiss-off "Close the Door" as she does on the torchy "Love Me 'Til Dawn," on her stride piano interpretation of "Careless Love," and the Memphis-flavored soul strut of "Meet You Anywhere." Her grainy but lovely voice is shown off at its best on the sparest arrangements, in particular the joyful "Fried Chicken," which finds her accompanied only by acoustic guitar and harmonica. The closest thing to a low point on this album is her curiously flat and unconvincing take on the jazz standard "The Man I Love," which she seems to be singing about a man she kind of likes, but not in that way. Otherwise, Mississippi Number One is a consistently brilliant and joyful romp, one that makes you want badly to see her perform live. Highly recommended.

Customer Reviews

Smokin' Hot Second CD from Eden Brent!

Rockin' barrelhouse piano to soft candlelight blues, she does it all. A stylist of the first order. She makes each song her own. Her smokey voice adds the emotional depth to each song. I first met Eden in Greenville, Miss. and was immediately charmed by this great talent. I have her first CD "Something Cool" and saw her in concert. Download this CD and catch her at a Blues Festival near you.

At Last!

Been counting the days for this Mississippi Jewel to finally arrive to i-Tunes! Finally, FINALLY. The world can now be officially introduced to one of the greatest blues & jazz vocalists/pianists in the world. Do. Not. Fail. To. Purchase.

Toe tapping, heart thumping, and soul smiling!

Eden Brent's new album is one of the best I have purchased in a few years! A raw talent that makes me want more!


Genre: Blues

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Pianist, singer and songwriter Eden Brent released her debut on the Memphis-based Yellow Dog Records label, "Mississippi Number One," in April, 2008. Brent should prove to be a breath of fresh air on the all too often guitar-dominated contemporary blues scene. Her debut album shows great promise, with sparkling original songs and spry arrangements, most of them centering around what she knows best: the Mississippi Delta region in and around Greenville. Brent has been described by various reviewers...
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Mississippi Number One, Eden Brent
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Blues, Music
  • Released: Apr 15, 2008

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