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New jazz album: More Trumpet  

It's finally happening! It has taken me six months and now my new jazz album More Trumpet is in pressing as I type this. I am so happy to finally be able to share it with the world! The CD release party is set for Sunday, December 18th @ The Kino (3456 Cambie St) in Vancouver at 8pm. The album will be available for digital download as well on several platforms including iTunes, CD Baby and streaming on Spotify and Soundcloud. More info on this to come (links will be added as they become available).

I had been talking about recording a fresh traditional jazz album for almost a year before I was able to get into the studio to start sessions. Although I am often artistically drawn to many genres of music, my deepest love is for jazz and I feel the most at home within the sphere of the jazz world. I wanted to create an album that would allow me to sing and play from my heart. I also feel that now after all these years my voice as expressed through my playing has caught up to my vocal abilities.

This album is titled More Trumpet for that reason and a few others... My sense of humour never leaves me, thank goodness, and when I thought of this title, it fit so well, being that I am playing on every track of the album, that I often shout out "MORE TRUMPET!!" at concerts (shamelessly biased), and that I believe that 'more trumpet' is a good answer to almost every question. Then there was that time I had 4 backup trumpets at my show: See "Red Shoes" video.

Making this album has been therapeutic for me as well, in such a dark and turbulent year, music has been a constant comfort. When I listen to it I feel like I am being wrapped in a warm blanket of love, trust, and hope. May it give you the same feelings as you all deserve happiness as you find your way through this winter.
xo Anita

PS. I could not have made this album without the help of my players: Andrew Smith (Guitar & Vocals), Graham Clark (Bass), Doug Gorkoff (Cello), and my production team: Trevor Lorence (Engineering), David Spidel (Engineering & Mixing), Chris Gestrin (Mastering) and Natasha Tentes (Artwork). 

P.P.S. I would like to add that this album was inspired by and is dedicated to my dear friend Peter Collins, a man who had limitless talent and the voice of an angel, who believed in me when I was at my lowest, and whose belief in me taught me to believe in myself. He is missed every day, and never forgotten.

Vancouver-based bandleader Anita Eccleston's acrobatic voice and lyrical trumpet style honour the traditions of jazz, often melding familiar and new in both her large and small ensembles. Featuring core band members, Andrew Smith (guitar), Doug Gorkoff (cello), and Graham Clark (bass), her ongoing project showcases original songs and jazz favourites highlighted by instrumental improvisation, sweet sultry vocals, and sweeping cello counterpoint. Her major influences include Ella Fitzgerald, Amy Winehouse, Diana Krall, Miles Davis, and Chet Baker. Anita's energetic performances incorporate many styles from jazz to soul, funk, reggae, pop, and the blues.

Her latest album, More Trumpet (release Dec 18, 2016) is a collection of traditional jazz standards, showcasing her distinctive vocal stylings alongside her playful trumpeting. She pays tribute to the timeless songs to which she connected with as a budding musician. Anita has said “Although I am often artistically drawn to many genres of music, my deepest love is for jazz and I feel the most at home within the sphere of the jazz world...I wanted to create an album that would allow me to sing and play from my heart.”

In 2011, Eccleston released her debut Jazz EP, a collection of jazz recordings from 2003 to 2010. Anita was featured in 2012 in a performance for CBC Radio One’s program “Hot Air.” She released her Trio EP in 2013, and in 2014 completed her long-awaited original LP, So It Goes. The full length original album explores her eclectic tastes in music with jazz running through every vein. Her music is available for purchase online here (and iTunes & Bandcamp) as well as at live performances.

Anita toured Eastern Canada and BC in 2014. In 2015, she both performed with her trio and was a featured guest with the Plastic Acid Orchestra at the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival. This past summer for the festival she brought a 9-piece lineup to perform on Granville Island.

Anita is currently writing new songs and promoting More Trumpet in between gigging and teaching private trumpet lessons.

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  1. 1 Just an Hour 03:21 Info Free
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  2. 2 My Funny Valentine 05:24
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  3. 3 I Fall In Love Too Easily 03:42
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  4. 4 Summertime 03:29
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  5. 5 The Nearness of You 05:35
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  6. 6 Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight 05:08
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  7. 7 Black Coffee 05:53
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  8. 8 The Dry Cleaner From Des Moines 03:49
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  9. 9 The Good Life 03:56 Info Free
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  10. 10 Flicker of My Eye 03:00 Info
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  11. 11 Claim On You 03:51 Info
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  12. 12 Red Shoes 02:52 Info
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  13. 13 Scarlet Scribbles 03:40 Info
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  14. 14 Through It All 02:39 Info
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  15. 15 Lovesick 04:21 Info
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  16. 16 Fumbling Forward 03:26 Info
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  17. 17 Call Me Up 04:22 Info
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  18. 18 Island Lament 03:26 Info
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  19. 19 St. Louis Blues 06:07 Info
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  20. 20 Scarlet Scribbles 03:51 Info
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