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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.
Jazz is a continuing revelation. The best show I ever attended was the
Roots Picnic at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, or was it Robert
Glasper's Experiment at Lincoln Center, or was it Chick Corea with
Brian Blade at Oberlin College? Most of all I enjoy playing guitar and
composing beats with my Brooklyn-based group Space Captain.