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Jazz Flute: Flute on the Edge / Groove Yard / Ad Infinitum

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For a long time, jazz musicians who played the flute as their primary instrument were fairly rare. In recent years, the number of flutists has grown tremendously including three with new albums: Jeremy Steig, Bradley Leighton and François Richard.

Jeremy Steig Flute on the Edge Steig Music 2005

Jeremy Steig has recorded somewhat sporadically as a leader since the '70s. Here, he is accompanied by bassist Cameron Brown, guitarist Vic Juris and drummer Anthony ...

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Bradley Leighton: Just Doin' Our Thang

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Just Doin' Our Thang brings me back to the late '60s and early '70s when jazz personalities like Ramsey Lewis, Herbie Mann, and Sergio Mendes were using contemporary pop material and selling records. Jazz music was losing momentum with the competition from the rock revolution and it was not unusual to hear any of the artists on Blue Note, Prestige, and other jazz labels playing Beatles tunes.

Flutist Bradley Leighton, from the Pacific Northwest, perhaps has the same ...

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Bradley Leighton: Just Doin' Our Thang

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Simply smooth is the best way to describe flautist Bradley Leighton's latest thing. Smooth in its style, sound, and performances, Just Doin' Our Thang is the followup release to the southern California based musician's 2003 debut, Groove Yard. Leaning towards an urban and contemporary style, Bradley has the credentials--but more notably the talent--to deliver an enjoyable recording for fans of mellow music.

Some of the key elements include Leighton's use of an alto flute (with its deep and whispery tone), ...


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