New York tenor saxophonist Carmen Leggio has performed with the likes of Gene Krupa, Woody Herman, Benny Goodman and Maynard Ferguson. This self-titled quartet recording finds the veteran reedman swinging hard on eleven standards done in a no-nonsense, straight-ahead manner. Leggio is joined by guitar great Joe Cohn, bassist Rick Petrone and drummer Joe Corsello.
Leggio rips through familiar themes like "Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise," "It Had to Be You" and "Emily" with assuredness, speaking through his horn with a lyrical ease reserved for the most seasoned of players. The saxophonists pronounced, in-the-pocket phrasing on "Gone With The Wind" is reminiscent of Stan Getz.
Cohn plays the dual role of sensitive accompanist and inventive soloist. His piano-style comping behind Leggio on "You Go to My Head" expands one's expectations of the guitar's capabilities. Cohn's brilliant single-line soloing on the Leggio burner "Lose One-Gain One" and the classic ballad "Embraceable You" is evidence of bop mastery.
Petrone and Corsello keep things moving along with impeccable time and soulful grooves. Petrone's warm tone and lively lines sparkle on "Black Orpheus" and "Polka Dots and Moonbeams."
The session closer, "Undecided" is an energetic romp with inspired trading between Leggio and Cohn. An all around wonderful recording, the disc beckons for repeated listening.
Track Listing: Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise; Lose One-Gain One; It Had to Be You; Black Orpheus; Emily; Gone With The Wind; You Go to My Head; Embraceable You; Polka Dots and Moonbeams; Sing, Sing, Sing; Undecided.
Personnel: Carmen Leggio: tenor saxophone; Joe Cohn: guitar; Rick Petrone: bass; Joe Corsello: drums.
I was first exposed to jazz thanks to my Mother (stage name Tobey Castle) who was a professional singer with the Tommy Dorsey band back in the day. Mom sang to me all the time as a little girl, but it never occurred to me to pursue it professionally until I met my husband David
I was first exposed to jazz thanks to my Mother (stage name Tobey Castle) who was a professional singer with the Tommy Dorsey band back in the day. Mom sang to me all the time as a little girl, but it never occurred to me to pursue it professionally until I met my husband David. He encouraged me to become a songwriter and together as co-writers we have written material for two albums and an EP.
As The Brehms, we try to bring a beautiful ambience to any event, and we feel just as comfortable in situations where we are
background ambience, or pushing the energy in a large scale concert, and everything in between.