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Bassist/Composer/Arranger Leon Lee Dorsey is indeed a triple-threat, handling bass-playing, composing and arranging tasks with equal aplomb. Never have these gifts been more abundantly evident than on his CD release, "Song Of Songs". Joined by Bryan Carrott-vibes, Carlton Holmes-piano, and Vincent Ector-drums, Dorsey and his intuitive cohorts take the listener on an adventure through nine tracks that alternately shine, soothe, smolder and burn, all while swinging incessantly as well as maintaining a supreme sense of melody throughout. Leon Lee Dorsey's fluid and ubiquitous bass has energized Jazz masters Lionel Hampton, and Art Blakey with his Jazz Messengers, as well as Grammy winning Jazz vocalist Cassandra Wilson

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Thank You Mr. Mabern!

Label: Jazz Avenue 1
Released: 2021
Track listing: Rakin’ and Scrapin’; Simone; Bye Bye Blackbird; Summertime; ’m Walkin; Softly As A Morning Sunrise; Misty; Moment’s Notice.

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Article: Album Review

Leon Lee Dorsey: Thank You Mr. Mabern!

Read "Thank You Mr. Mabern!" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


He's studied classical double bass with Ron Carter and he's played alongside many of our most revered, among them Lionel Hampton, Art Blakey, andCassandra Wilson. Still, bassist/composer/arrangerLeon Lee Dorsey's name doesn't roll off everyone lips when discussing the top ranks of today's foremost, fearless bassists. But here's breaking news: Dorsey's got himself one hell of a ...

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News: Recording

Celebrated Bassist and Producer Leon Lee Dorsey Announces the Release of 'Thank You, Mr. Mabern!,' A Trio Recording Featuring The Late Jazz Luminary Harold Mabern

Celebrated Bassist and Producer Leon Lee Dorsey Announces the Release of 'Thank You, Mr. Mabern!,' A Trio Recording Featuring The Late Jazz Luminary Harold Mabern

Leon Lee Dorsey is pleased to announce the release of Thank You, Mr. Mabern! Recorded in July 2019, two months prior to the passing of jazz luminary Harold Mabern, the album is the swan song for the great pianist and composer, his final recording. This posthumous release is not only Dorsey’s personal farewell to Mabern, it ...

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Wolff Clark Dorsey Play Sgt. Pepper

Label: Jazz Avenue 1 Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: With a Little Help from My Friends; Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds; A Day in the Life; She's Leaving Home; Within You Without You; Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band; Lovely Rita; When I'm Sixty-Four.

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News: Recording

Pianist Michael Wolff, Drummer Mike Clark and Bassist Leon Lee Dorsey take on the iconic Beatles’ classic, 'Sgt. Pepper'

Pianist Michael Wolff, Drummer Mike Clark and Bassist Leon Lee Dorsey take on the iconic Beatles’ classic, 'Sgt. Pepper'

It was 53 years ago today, May 26, 1967, when the Beatles released the seminal Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. It has been hailed a milestone ("a joyful revelation," “the definitive Beatles album"), considered one of their best at the time of its release, and ranked “the greatest album of all time by Rolling Stone's ...

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Wolff Clark Dorsey play Sgt. Pepper

Featuring the music of Leon Lee Dorsey
Duration: 1:15

It was 53 years ago today, May 26, 1967, when the Beatles released the seminal Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. It has been hailed a milestone ("a joyful revelation," “the definitive Beatles album"), considered one of their best at the time of its release, and ranked “the greatest album of all time by Rolling Stone's list of the top 500 rock and roll recordings."

So, when bassist extraordinaire Leon Lee Dorsey and drum legend Mike Clark were tossing it back and forth one night, they got to musing about that incredible time period and what recordings represented the essence of the time and place, and the Beatles’ place in that time. It was the summer of love and Sgt. Pepper exhibited a profound optimism. “It's getting better all the time,” while recognizing the gravity, present and coming, “it can't get much worse." Continue...
Album

MonkTime

Label: Jazz Avenue 1 Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Well You Needn't; Monk's Dream; Monk's Mood; Blue Monk; Little Rootie Tootie; Ugly Beauty; Wee See; Epistrophy.

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Article: Album Review

DSC Band: Monk Time

Read "Monk Time" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


MonkTime is Leon Lee Dorsey's first album as a leader in twenty years and in this case, patience truly is a virtue: The bassist's tribute to the legendary composer and pianist simultaneously debuts Dorsey's new band, a trio with guitarist Greg Skaff and drummer Mike Clark, the standard for contemporary jazz-rock and jazz-funk drumming who sticks ...

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Article: From the Inside Out

Riding Waves, Moving Boundaries, and Building The Wall

Read "Riding Waves, Moving Boundaries, and Building The Wall" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Franco Ambrosetti Quintet Long Waves Unit Records 2019 Trumpeter Franco Ambrosetti balances in the middle of three jazz generations, the father of saxophonist Gianluca and son of saxophonist Flavio, who once played opposite Charlie Parker at the Paris Jazz Festival. Although he grew up studying classical ...


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