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Great Duets
     

Great Duets

by Jay Leonhart
 
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.

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/18/1999
Label:
Chiaroscuro Records
UPC:
0091454035328
catalogNumber:
353
Rank:
289600

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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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