Great Duets

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
In October and November 1996, Jay Leonhart spent two weeks aboard the SS Norway, where he sailed around different parts of the Caribbean and was a prominent performer for the ship's "jazz cruise." During those two weeks, the acoustic bassist kept busy playing duets with Dave Frishberg and being part of the group New York Swing. Great Duets, however, doesn't focus on either of those activities, but rather, documents a series of intimate duets Leonhart performed with various pianists and guitarists. Embracing mostly bop, Leonhart is in good form on duets with guitarists Bucky Pizzarelli and Gene Bertoncini as well as pianists ranging from Mike LeDonne and Bill Charlap to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
In October and November 1996, Jay Leonhart spent two weeks aboard the SS Norway, where he sailed around different parts of the Caribbean and was a prominent performer for the ship's "jazz cruise." During those two weeks, the acoustic bassist kept busy playing duets with Dave Frishberg and being part of the group New York Swing. Great Duets, however, doesn't focus on either of those activities, but rather, documents a series of intimate duets Leonhart performed with various pianists and guitarists. Embracing mostly bop, Leonhart is in good form on duets with guitarists Bucky Pizzarelli and Gene Bertoncini as well as pianists ranging from Mike LeDonne and Bill Charlap to John Bunch, Norman Simmons and Richard Wyands. The only vocal comes when Leonhart teams up with Joe Williams on the blues "5 O'Clock in the Morning," which was recorded when the singer was 77. Sadly, Williams' voice had declined considerably, and it's painfully obvious that he was way past his prime. But apart from Williams' weak performance, this is an enjoyable CD that Leonhart can be proud of.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/1999
  • Label: Chiaroscuro Records
  • UPC: 091454035328
  • Catalog Number: 353
  • Sales rank: 251,269

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jay Leonhart Primary Artist, Bass
John Bunch Track Performer
Bucky Pizzarelli Track Performer
Norman Simmons Track Performer
Joe Williams Track Performer
Richard Wyands Track Performer
Mike LeDonne Track Performer
Gene Bertoncini Track Performer
Bill Charlap Track Performer
Eddie Higgins Track Performer
Junior Mance Track Performer
Technical Credits
Frankie Laine Composer
Benny Goodman Composer
Jan Savitt Composer
Joe Williams Composer
Matt Dennis Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Edgar Sampson Composer
Mike LeDonne Composer
Jon Bates Engineer
Duke Ellington Composer
Jay Leonhart Composer
Charlie Parker Composer
Michael Leonhart Liner Notes
Paul Bacon Cover Design
Carolyn Leonhart Liner Notes
Harold Adamson Composer
Tom Adair Composer
Johnny Watson Composer
John Kluczko Watson Composer
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