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Alex Leonard: Merry Cool Christmas

Read "Merry Cool Christmas" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

...A wonderfully weird Christmas Confection.

Merry Cool Christmas is the most intriguing release of the 2002 holiday season. It encompasses a broad horizon of musical styles and moods. “Silent Night" (a daring choice to begin a disc) as a quiet piano trio ballad, showing off pianist and leader Alex Leonard’s soft and thoughtful touch. As a microcosm of the rest of the record “Silent Night" illustrates a trio empathy reminiscent of Bill Evan’s famous 1961 trio recordings. This empathy permeates ...

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Alex Leonard: Down in the Depths: Interpretations of Cole Porter

Read "Down in the Depths: Interpretations of Cole Porter" reviewed by Dave Nathan

One might well ask “why another tribute album to Cole Porter?". The fact that there is room for so many such recorded accolades is an perpetual acknowledgment of the genius of composers like Porter. Their music is such that it can be susceptible to, and survive, any number of interpretations by any number of interpreters. Joined by some of New York's finest studio and session musicians, now comes Staten Island, NY native and cabaret entertainer Alex Leonard with his nod ...


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