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Leon Lee Dorsey

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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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Blues on Top

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2022
Track listing: Blues on Top; Stolen Moments; Lock It in the Pocket; Willow Weep for Me; Angel Eyes; C Jam Blues; Jacob’s Ladder; Birk’s Works; Can’t Buy Me Love.

Article: Radio & Podcasts

Thelonius Monk, Don Byron & Mike Clark

Read "Thelonius Monk, Don Byron & Mike Clark" reviewed by Joe Dimino


We start the 774th Episode of Neon Jazz with drummer Mike Clark and bassist Leon Lee Dorsey with the title track off their new project Blues on Top. We also hear new music from Chris Parker, Joe McCarthy leading his NY Afro Bop Alliance Big Band and John Fumasoli with his band The Jones Factor. Drummer ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Beatles, Popin’ Jazz

Read "Beatles, Popin’ Jazz" reviewed by David Brown


There are two things I've always avoided in my explorations of the music. Beatles covers and Christmas jazz. But lately, I've noticed that Beatle jazz has been accumulating in the collection and I'm having a hard time ignoring it. So tonight, let's explore a bunch of Lennon/McCartney tunes as well as other pop tunes of the ...

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Article: Album Review

Mike Clark, Leon Lee Dorsey: Blues on Top

Read "Blues on Top" reviewed by Jack Bowers


While drummer Mike Clark and bassist Leon Lee Dorsey are the nominal leaders on Blues on Top, the album's subtitle —"featuring Mike LeDonne"—speaks volumes about its import and rationale. Without LeDonne at the keyboard, Clark and Dorsey would have to amplify their rhythmic talents to compensate for the absence of a secure melodic presence. Luckily, they ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Music Is The Magic - Birthday Celebrations for Dorothy Ashby, Abbey Lincoln, Louis Armstrong And More

Read "Music Is The Magic - Birthday Celebrations for Dorothy Ashby, Abbey Lincoln, Louis Armstrong And More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from Mike Clark & Leon Lee Dorsey, vocalist Lauren Henderson and saxophonist Jessy J, with birthday shoutouts to jazz greats Dorothy Ashby, Tony Bennett, Louis Armstrong, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Abbey Lincoln among others, plus a celebration of Joni Mitchell's remarkable performance at the Newport Folk Festival. Thanks for listening and ...

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Thank You Mr. Mabern!

Label: Jazz Avenue 1
Released: 2020
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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Freedom Jazz Dance

Label: Jazz Avenue 1
Released: 2021
Track listing: Freedom Jazz Dance; Baptism; Home Cookin'; Until The End Of Time; Autumn Leaves; How Insensitive; New Arrival; Chillin'.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Rufus Reid and Remembering Dr. Lonnie Smith

Read "Rufus Reid and Remembering Dr. Lonnie Smith" reviewed by Joe Dimino


We begin the 721st Episode of Neon Jazz with the legendary bassist Rufus Reid with the song “Sweet Loraine." The jazz world lost an icon, a master and a friend in Dr. Lonnie Smith and we pay tribute to his life through song and an interview conducted with the show some years back. This hour is ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Mike Clark: The Drummer Gets (And Gives) Some!

Read "Mike Clark: The Drummer Gets (And Gives) Some!" reviewed by Doug Collette


Drummer Mike Clark must've already had some estimable pedigree in the first place to be invited to join Herbie Hancock's seminal funk/fusion ensemble Headhunters back in the Seventies. But the man at the kit only built upon his existing prestige during his tenure with that group and then went on to expand upon his rep with ...


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