Carolyn Leonhart is a singer who works intuitively, with a voice that projects both strength and vulnerability. Her soulful voice has been hailed by critics worldwide. Carolyn is known for her 10-year tenure as lead back-up vocalist with Steely Dan including 3 Grammy-winning CDs. She tells her stories with instincts that come from a life steeped in music (her father is legendary bassist Jay Leonhart). Carolyn made her first recording in 2000, and since that time she has begun to listen to and identify with jazz instrumentalists. "I've started to think more as an arranger and composer, rather than just a singer," she says. Her main influences as of late have been Wayne Shorter, Woody Shaw, Ahmad Jamal, and Herbie Hancock, as well as the groups of Miles Davis and John Coltrane. There is a history of vocalists who admire the jazz horn including Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Tormé and Jon Hendricks. Here with husband/colleague Wayne Escoffery, saxophonist in the world-class Tom Harrell quintet and a band of their regular sidemen, Carolyn, Wayne and the ensemble begin to blaze a new trail out of the forest, guiding the genre of jazz vocal into new and uncharted territory.
Carolyn Leonhart - vocals; Wayne Escoffery - tenor saxophone;
with Toru Dodo - piano, Fender Rhodes; Adam Rogers - guitar; Hans Glawischnig - bass; Donald Edwards - drums
Tracks: Better Next Time; The Sweetest Sounds; Sometimes I'm Happy; Never Never Land; You Must Believe in Spring; The Harbor (Poppy's Song); Eclipse; Big Noise, New York; Where There Is Love; Straight to You (Baloo Baloo); Infinity
Better Next Time
Sometimes I'm Happy
The Harbor (Poppy's Song)
Where There Is Love