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 it's sophisticated, international, atmospheric yet free, cool and warm.
I was first exposed to jazz through the sultry voice and flawless swing of my mother.
I met Mark Murphy, David Linx, Kurt Elling, and Youn Sun Nah.
The best show I ever attended was Youn Sun Nah in Paris.
The first jazz record I bought was Native Dancer by Wayne Shorter and Milton Nascimento
My advice to new listeners: open your mind and your ears, forget about structure, feel the textures.
Go see live music and keep buying CDs!