Album Review of
A New York Session

Written by Joe Ross
December 27, 2019 - 1:11am EST
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Originally from upstate New York, singer/songwriter Ellen Edwards had moved to Atlanta where she married, raised three children, sang professionally and released three albums. Edwards’ friend country artist Suzy Bogguss introduced her to producer-keyboardist Jason Miles, and some first-rate session cats were assembled for “A New York Session” to showcase five of Edwards’ new originals.  She’s joined by Randy Brecker (trumpet), Robbie Kondor (piano), Will Lee (bass), Jeff Mironov (guitar), Gene Lake (drums), Richie Morales (percussion) and Jason Miles (B3 organ, vibes and synthesizers). Edwards is poised to make a big splash to even larger audiences. Her silky smooth vocals cover many moods. She’s bluesy and forceful on a number like “The Queen’s Bridge,” and she's wistful and ethereal with a ballad like “Blue and Green.” Brecker’s trumpet shines in “Let The Fire Grow” as Edwards sings “there’s a voice in my heart, and it won’t go away.” Latin bossa rhythms in “Over There” have engaging appeal. While the album ends all too quickly, it will certainly help Edwards build a legion of fans as she expands her horizons beyond Atlanta.   (Joe Ross, Roots Music Report)