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Album Review

This is the perfect CD for the morning after a party: soothing and thoughtful, with a touch of whimsy and enough rhythm to help you clean up. It's quiet but not formless, with empathic interplay between two Steely Dan bandmates on trumpet, guitar, and vocals. Slow transcends the usual musical categories, rendering Monk, Mancini, and Miles as well as music associated with rock groups like Black Sabbath. Michael Leonhart is a prodigious, precocious talent who won a Grammy while still in high school. His ethereal vocalizing on his own "Beautiful Drelo" and the standout "Slow" is reminiscent of Sting; his muted trumpet shines up the old classic "Baubles, Bangles and Beads," evoking both Chet Baker and Miles Davis, but without any of their darkness. Leonhart is clearly an original: see his wistful cowboy take on "Azure, the rarely covered Ellington tune, which features Jon Herington's lazy slide guitar and is punctuated by wolf whistles (note: it works). Leonhart's "Umpf!" is a witty delight and "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" becomes the friendly backdrop to a relaxed mealtime conversation. Another uncommon gem is Mancini's poignant "The Lonely Princess," while the beautiful, extended take on "Flamenco Sketches" highlights Herington's fine guitar meditations. The two bossas — Edú Lobo's "Zambi" and Ivan Lins' "Aparecida" — are exquisitely subtle. This is an unusual, creative, and very enjoyable CD. Recommended.


Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Michael Leonhart is a jazz trumpeter, a multi-instrumentalist, and singer/songwriter and an accomplished session musician. He has appeared on over 70 albums by a wide variety of pop, jazz, and hip-hop artists. Some of his performing and/or recording credits include A Tribe Called Quest, David Byrne, James Brown, and Lenny Kravitz. Leonhart also played trumpet and wrote horn arrangements for Steely Dan's 2000 comeback album, Two Against Nature. He then joined the band on tours of Japan and Europe....
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Slow, Michael Leonhart
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  • 95,00 kr
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Pop
  • Released: 01 October 2002

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