In a world full of cookie-cutter jazz vocalists and instant vanity CDs (just add water), it's rare to hear a singer who has both chops and discernible style. Carolyn Leonhart is one of the few: it's a pleasure to hear the intelligence and nuance in her delivery, and she also swings her posterior off. Add to all this an unusually interesting set of tunes and a sterling quartet, and you have a release that's a cut above most of what's out there today.
Carolyn comes from a ridiculously musical family. Her mother, Donna, is a singer with her own CD; her father, Jay, is the bassist/singer/songwriter who wrote the witty "Sometimes I Think" (..."I got nothing in common with the rest of the human race/I'm completely out of place/Like a visitor from outer space..."). Then there's brother Michael, a fellow Steely Dan alum who's released several of his own records, including Slow; he collaborated on three of Carolyn's originals that appear here. The family expanded in 2004 when Carolyn married Wayne Escoffery, who contributes his muscular tenor sax and six creative arrangements to this session.
For example, Escoffery's arrangements blow the dust off "Whisper Not" and "I'm in the Mood for Love," while Leonhart's take on "Moon River" cuts through decades of stagnant water. Her title track is a catchy anthem for all those over-busy people who need a "new 8th day" or "Noneday" to relax in, and it's a pure delight to hear Leonhart wrap her sweet, supple voice around "Daydream" and a modernized version of Jobim's "Photograph." New 8th Day is thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish, a breath of fresh air in a cluttered field of sound-alikes.
Track Listing: Noneday, I'm In The Mood For Love, No Moonlight, Sometimes I Think, Whisper Not,
Daydream, If I Should Lose You, Home, Photograph, Moonriver.
Personnel: Carolyn Leonhart,vocals; Wayne Escoffery, tenor sax; Rick Germanson, piano; Hans
Glawischnig, bass; Donald Edwards or Jason Brown, drums.
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. After going through Rock 'n Roll, the Beatles and Heavy Metal/Hard Rock phases over the next eight or so years, I finally bought my first jazz album; We're All Together Again for the First Time by Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan. I was hooked on jazz, and still am 40+ years later.
I moved from England to the USA in 2002, and founded the Brookfield Jazz Society in 2005.
I became editor of the quarterly IAJRC Journalin 2012. The magazine goes to the worldwide membership of the IAJRC (International Association of Jazz Record Collectors) and many major libraries and educational establishments around the world.
As well as being the editor of the IAJRC Journal, I write about jazz and review CDs, vinyl, DVDs and books on jazz.
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