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Jennifer Leitham: Remnants of Humanity

Read "Remnants of Humanity" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Jennifer Leitham, already known as one of the most accomplished bassists on the West Coast (as well as other precincts spanning the globe), spreads her wings, so to speak, on Remnants of Humanity, singing on seven numbers as well as playing her usual assertive upright bass most of the way. As a singer and musician, Leitham has plenty to say, addressing, as she writes, the “need for outcry against injustice and the cruelty being done in the name of the ...

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Jennifer Leitham: Mood (S)wings

Read "Mood (S)wings" reviewed by Jack Bowers

One of the rules of thumb in jazz is that hardly anyone ever looks forward to a bass solo. Rules, however, were made to be broken, and a case in point is multi-talented Jennifer Leitham whose solos on Mood (S)wings are nimble, well-crafted and consistently engaging--in other words, worth looking forward to. Not that anything less would be expected from someone who has been at the top of her game for more nearly four decades and performed with a who's ...

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Jennifer Leitham: Future Christmas

Read "Future Christmas" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The spirit of Christmas past, present and future overspreads this charming holiday album by virtuosic bassist Jennifer Leitham's working trio (Andy Langham, piano; Randy Drake, drums) on which she offsets a program comprised mainly of established seasonal favorites with some tantalizing curves (for example, her own “Future Christmas," a.k.a “The Global Warming Winter Holiday Blues," or Bob Dorough's clever “Blue Christmas" --not to be confused with Elvis Presley's version from the '50s). Such uncommon departures seem only proper, as there ...

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Jennifer Leitham: The Real Me

Read "The Real Me" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Those who know Jennifer Leitham best will most appreciate the title of The Real Me. Others need know only that she is a terrific bassist--and not a bad singer either.

The album is comprised entirely of Leitham's invariably charming compositions, and much of it is performed by her trio with pianist Josh Nelson and drummer Randy Drake, which has been a working unit for several years. The exceptions are “Keni's Song, a vibrant solo vehicle for Leitham; “Riff Raff, on ...

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Jennifer Leitham & Jimmy Bruno: Two For the Road

Read "Two For the Road" reviewed by Jim Santella

Recorded in 1999, Two for the Road features two of the most effective string jazz artists on the planet. As they remind us here, Jennifer Leitham and Jimmy Bruno share a love for the powerful release of expression through music. The blues comes through it. And yet both demonstrate superior technical proficiency on their instruments.

The session begins with reminiscences of Mingus. Cool and comfortable, the duo interprets “Nostalgia in Times Square with a swinging texture that emphasizes ...


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