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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.
Years ago now--in Rhodesia--listening to Voice of America with Willis Conover I heard Bunk Johnson play When The Saints Go Marching In, and Billie Holiday sing Don't Explain. I knew then there was no other life for me than jazz.