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New music and jazz flow from Neil Leonard's creative imagination. In the same way that "Rhapsody in Blue" pioneered a blend, Leonard's compositions mix a little swing with a wide variety of different effects. Sci-fi films are loaded with these unusual sounds. However, it's Leonard's alto saxophone that provides substance. He expresses soulful ballads and provides gutsy improvisation. Accompanying him, without overdubbing, are the electronic sounds that wait at his beck and call for their cues. From a coffee percolator marimba to a curious array of processed strings, Leonard's accompaniment serves to complement his saxophone features. In much the same way that a piano trio accompanies, this ensemble of everyday sounds supports the leader on his quest. Using tenor for "Timaeus II," the artist moves fluidly alongside glass-like, xylophone accompaniment. Similarly, a soprano saxophone best expresses what Leonard has in mind for his flighty "San Lazaro" legacy. He's been at it since 1988. His collection of synthetic and processed sounds provides dramatic impressions. Serving the new music community while remaining quite accessible to traditional fans, Timaeus breathes fresh ideas into today's scene. More information about Leonard's album is available at his web site .
I grew up listening to mainstream '70s rock then ended up on the staff at the college paper at San Diego State, and volunteered to review heavy metal LPs. My second semester, the music editor dropped a Fenton Robinson LP on my desk, Night Flight. You like metal; they play guitar--he plays guitar, the editor told me
I grew up listening to mainstream '70s rock then ended up on the staff at the college paper at San Diego State, and volunteered to review heavy metal LPs. My second semester, the music editor dropped a Fenton Robinson LP on my desk, Night Flight. You like metal; they play guitar--he plays guitar, the editor told me. If we don't run a review, Alligator Records is going to stop servicing us.
Night Flight opened up a whole new world for me--the blues led me, inevitably, to Basie, who led to Duke, who led to Mingus, who led to Miles, who led to ...