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Bradley Leighton: Just Doin' Our Thang

Read "Just Doin' Our Thang" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

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

Read "Just Doin' Our Thang" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

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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