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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 was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach. I fell in love with it. I wondered around until the owner (Pedro Soto) asked if I needed help. He then introduced me to John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan and the rest is history. I walked out of the store with my first jazz recording: Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street.