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David Lyttle: Faces

Read "Faces" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The thirty-second cello sortie that kicks off Faces is an arresting opening statement that dashes any preconceptions about what to expect from David Lyttle's third outing as leader. While the acoustic True Story (Lyte Records, 2007) and Questions (Lyte Records, 2010)--the latter a swinging collaboration with guitar wunderkind Andreas Varady--helped establish Lyttle's credentials as a first-rate ...

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John Leighton: Dramatic Life

Read "Dramatic Life" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

John Leighton's debut is a collection of poetic, pop-laced jazz that often downplays the pianist's own performance skills in favor of Anna Stott's easy-on-the-ears vocals and saxophonist Michael Buckley's engaging saxophone work. While Leighton's name rests high atop the cover of the album, he chooses to use his piano to serve the songs instead of himself, ...

John Leighton: Dramatic Life

Read "Dramatic Life" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Jazz composers can be inspired by the oddest things, but it's rare to find inspiration coming from those seminal icons of the nineteenth century, Florence Nightingale and John Keats. Northern Ireland-based pianist/songwriter John Leighton puts that right on his beautiful debut, Dramatic Life, and it isn't just his inspirations that are original.

Leighton's ...