Okay, at first glance this seems like it should be cheesy and schmaltzy. But Elvis Sinatra (George Leonard) has a remarkably smooth, rich, right-on-target voice, and the music is anything but schmaltz. It rides on the current popularity of "lounge music," but there's also plenty of jazz, plus cabaret and well-delivered balladry. The music and lyrics are all by George Leonard. The melodies are original, but they instantly sound familiar, leaving you with the feeling that you've heard them somewhere before. There's also some great lyrics - sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, but never predictable or cliche. It's curiously likeable and memorable. (HEP 1001)
Tracks:Criminal; I Love Myself When I'm With You; Pisces; Handsome Guys; Little Miss Fortune; Naughty Angels; Double L; Superhero; Charlene; Whoever Said You Were Gone. (33:47)
George Leonard, vocals; Diamond Centofanti, Shorty James, Debra Mann, George Leonard, keyboards; Bob Petteruti, Dave Zinno, bass; Tom Petteruti, Gary Johnson, drums; Sandra Seymour, Debra Mann, Wendy Drowns, background vocals; Jim Odgren, baritone and tenor sax; Diamond Centofanti, sax, flute; Sandra Seymour, accordian; John LaMoia, percussion.
I love jazz because next to my kids, it's the love of my life.
I was first exposed to jazz by Joe Rico from a tiny station in Niagara Falls in 1954 when I was 13.
The best show I ever attended was Maynard Ferguson who blew the roof off Massey Hall in the late 50s.
My advice to new listeners is to listen to everything you can and then listen again.