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Leon Russell


Leon Russell is a music legend and perhaps the most accomplished and versatile musician in the history of rock 'n roll. In his distinguished and unique 50 year career, he has played on, arranged, written and/or produced some of the best records in popular music. Leon has played on pop, rock, blues, country, bluegrass, standards, gospel, and surf records. As a session musician, arranger, producer, singer, songwriter, pianist, guitarist, record company owner, bandleader, and touring musician, he has collaborated with hundreds of artists. Born in southwest Oklahoma in 1942, Leon began piano lessons at age 4


Signature Songs

Label: Dark Horse Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Tracklist: A Song for You; One More Love Song; Tight Rope; Stranger in a Strange Land; Hummingbird; Back to the Island; Out in the Woods; Lady Blue; Delta Lady; Magic Mirror; This Masquerade.


Article: Album Review

Dr. John: The Montreux Years

Read "The Montreux Years" reviewed by Dave Linn

New Orleans is considered the birthplace of jazz. In the late 1800s, the city was a melting pot of different cultures, including African, European, and Caribbean. This cultural diversity had a profound impact on the music of the city. The new sounds of Dixieland and ragtime became the foundation in the evolution of jazz. Artists such ...


Article: Book Review

Leon Russell: The Master of Space and Time's Journey Through Rock & Roll History

Read "Leon Russell: The Master of Space and Time's Journey Through Rock & Roll History" reviewed by Doug Collette

Leon Russell: The Master of Space and Time's Journey Through Rock & Roll History Bill Janovitz 592 Pages ISBN: #978-0306924774 Hachette Book Group 2023 A quick perusal of the late Leon Russell: The Master of Space And Time's Journey Through Rock & Roll History will most likely leave an ...


Article: Album Review

Leon Russell: Signature Songs

Read "Signature Songs" reviewed by Doug Collette

Originally released in 2001 and out-of-print since a 2007 re-release, Leon Russell's Signature Songs is now available again on compact disc and vinyl LP in tandem with a new distribution agreement for late Beatle George Harrison's label imprint, Dark Horse Records. A collection of eleven stripped-down takes on The Master of Space And Time's best-known songs, ...


Article: Live Review

Booker T. Jones At Freight & Salvage

Read "Booker T. Jones At Freight & Salvage" reviewed by Walter Atkins

Booker T. Jones Freight & SalvageBerkeley, CADecember 9, 2022Lifetime Grammy winner Booker T. Jones presented an evening of vintage Booker T & the MGs compositions and more to a holiday crowd at downtown Berkeley's Freight & Salvage. The band included Jones, keyboards, guitars and vocals: Ted Jones-guitars, vocals; Ty Dennis-drums; and ...


Article: Jazzin' Around Europe

The Optimal Evolution of Amersfoort World Jazz

Read "The Optimal Evolution of Amersfoort World Jazz" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

A multitude of festivals recently returned from the pandemic wasteland as the world of live music played catch-up from over two years of interruptions, but few comebacks in the busy summer of 2022 were as uniformly strong as the full reopening of the Amersfoort World Jazz Festival. During what is likely now a permanent switch from ...


Article: Multiple Reviews

Recent Vocal Releases

Read "Recent Vocal Releases" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Here are five recent releases by vocalists who each have their own unique spin on jazz singing. Liz Terrell It's All Right With Me Westmont 2022 Liz Terrell's musical path has led her into the worlds of cabaret, musical theatre and gospel. This is her first recording ...


News: Video / DVD

Leon Russell: Homewood Session, 1970

Leon Russell: Homewood Session, 1970

Leon Russell was an interesting artist. Born in Oklahoma, he began playing piano at a very young age and was getting paid for it starting at 14 when he gigged in Tulsa. As Leon told me when I visited him at home in Nashville in 2014: “Whatever I heard I could remember and play. When I ...


Article: Film Review

Bob Marley and the Wailers: The Capitol Session '73

Read "Bob Marley and the Wailers: The Capitol Session '73" reviewed by Doug Collette

Bob Marley and the Wailers The Capitol Session '73 Mercury Studios 2021 Talk about buried treasure indeed! Bob Marley and The Wailers The Capitol Session '73 would not exist in this CD/DVD package (or it's other configurations) if not for a series of deceptively fortuitous events that occurred nearly a half-century ...


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