This quirky little recording offers a freshly-performed collection of Richard Rodgers compositions presented in a springtime nouvelle façon. Bassist/vocalist Leonhart provides this recording with a beautifully fresh sense of humor and novel invention.
Multiple vocalists ply their respective wares on these Broadway gems. Notable tunes from the list of usual suspects include two from The Sound of Music. The show title and "Edelweiss" represent worthy additions to the American Canon. These performances on the whole have a generous personality and a wiseacre sense that occasionally becomes too muchfor example, on "You Took Advantage of Me"but even then, the performances are still compelling and effective. For the most part, these songs are performed in the style of pre- and early swing. This disc is as wholesome as the girl next dooras fresh, too.
Track Listing: Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin'; I Didn't Know What Time It Was; This Can't Be Love; It
Might As Well Be Spring; This Nearly Was Mine; The Surrey With The Fringe On
Top; The Sound Of Music; My Romance; Where Or When; Little Girl Blue; You Took
Advantage Of Me; Blue Moon; Edelweiss.
Personnel: Jay Leonhart: bass, vocals; Ted Rosenthal: piano; Bob Sneider: guitar; Dave Mancini: drums; Michael Leonhart: trumpet; Jim Pugh: trombone; Andy
Parsons: saxophones; Carolyn Leonhart: vocals; Donna Leonhart: vocals; Jodi Stevens: vocals.
I was first exposed to jazz by my father, who was a rabid fan when he was younger, in the early to mid 1950's. We lived in NYC and he was a regular at places like the Village Vanguard and Birdland. One of his favorite stories involved meeting Charlie Parker and Miles on 52nd St
I was first exposed to jazz by my father, who was a rabid fan when he was younger, in the early to mid 1950's. We lived in NYC and he was a regular at places like the Village Vanguard and Birdland. One of his favorite stories involved meeting Charlie Parker and Miles on 52nd St. Needless to say, Jazz and Blues were always on the stereo in our home. I was steeped in these exciting sounds, and they make up some of my earliest memories.