...A wonderfully weird Christmas Confection.
Merry Cool Christmas is the most intriguing release of the 2002 holiday season. It encompasses a broad horizon of musical styles and moods. Silent Night" (a daring choice to begin a disc) as a quiet piano trio ballad, showing off pianist and leader Alex Leonard’s soft and thoughtful touch. As a microcosm of the rest of the record Silent Night" illustrates a trio empathy reminiscent of Bill Evan’s famous 1961 trio recordings. This empathy permeates the entire recording as this fine rhythm section transports the listener through an engaging set of holiday standards. Carol of ...read more
One might well ask why another tribute album to Cole Porter?". The fact that there is room for so many such recorded accolades is an perpetual acknowledgment of the genius of composers like Porter. Their music is such that it can be susceptible to, and survive, any number of interpretations by any number of interpreters. Joined by some of New York's finest studio and session musicians, now comes Staten Island, NY native and cabaret entertainer Alex Leonard with his nod to one of the more prolific contributors to the Great American Popular Songbook. Leonard is not a crooner and his ...read more