RAVES FROM NASHVILLE SCENE, WASHINGTON POST, KNOXVILLE NEWS-SENTINEL, MEMPHIS COMMERCIAL APPEAL
CONCERT TAPED FOR BEALE STREET CARAVAN SYNDICATED RADIO SHOW
Mississippi Delta pianist, songwriter, and emotive singer Eden Brent
nods to her mentor Boogaloo Ames on the album cover of ‘Jigsaw Heart,’
out last week on Yellow Dog Records. There’s an Ampex 456 tape box front
and center. “That’s Boogaloo!’” she exclaims. The cover art, as
vivacious as Eden’s own spirit, is by fellow Mississippian H.C. Porter
as part of her Blues @ Home series, which captures Mississippi blues
musicians in their homes.
Abie “Boogaloo “Ames took Brent as an apprentice for 16 years, as
portrayed in the 1999 PBS documentary “Boogaloo & Eden: Sustaining
the Sound.” After they met when he played at her sister’s wedding, he
took her under his wing. The duo played concerts together in the
Mississippi Delta region and beyond, where Brent was raised and still
makes her home and where she is now known as Little Boogaloo.
This month, The Nashville Scene wrote of her, "Her sophisticated command
and creative breadth grow with each album, including the just-released
Jigsaw Heart, which teams Brent with Nashville-based roots-music MVP
Colin Linden as her producer... her live shows bring bawdy spirit and
sprightly sophistication to her free-ranging mix of Americana, blues and
jazz, driven by her superb keyboard technique and warm Mississippi
The Washington Post Express ran a feature on Brent, who made her New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival debut this year.
She taped a May concert for syndicated radio program Beale Street
Caravan and also taped a video session for Birthplace Sessions, on the
property of Elvis Presley’s birthplace.
Memphis Commercial Appeal calls her “captivating,” continuing, “her music combines Bluff City grit with Crescent City swing.”
Meanwhile, the Knoxville News-Sentinel said, "Plays and sings with soul
and style. The uptempo tracks are a lot of fun, but Brent really shines
on the torchier numbers, including the fine title track, and the
easygoing songs... The latter includes some cool piano and slide guitar
interplay that’s truly sweet."