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Simple Life

by B.D. Lenz

Guitar driven jazz/funk/fusion at its melodic best. Mike Stern meets Pat Metheny meets Jaco.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Famous Last Words
4:54 $0.99
2. Juxtaposition
7:00 $0.99
3. Look Around
7:38 $0.99
4. Do You Ever Think About Me?
6:18 $0.99
5. We All Fall Down
5:43 $0.99
6. Along the Way
8:38 $0.99
7. Mumbo Jumbo
6:39 $0.99
8. Mother Mary
6:18 $0.99
9. Smooth Sailing
7:00 $0.99
10. Julia's Song
1:29 $0.99
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Album Notes
Released in 2003, Simple Life, represents B.D. Lenz's 3rd CD to date and his debut on NY jazz label Apria Records. These 10 songs prominently display Lenz's viruosity both as a guitarist and a composer. His music is highly melodic, highly energetic, and supremely groovin'

B.D. Lenz - electric/acoustic guitars
Geoff Mattoon - Sax and wind controller
Daniel Mintseris - piano/keys
James Rosocha - electric bass
Dave Edwards - acoustic bass
Tom Cottone - drums
Brendan Buckely - drums on "Juxtaposition" and "Smooth Sailing"
Joe Mekler - percussion

About B.D. Lenz:
Mix the styles of Pat Metheny, Mike Stern, and Stevie Ray Vaughn and you have the recipe for contempo-jazz guitarist B.D. Lenz. This New Jersey native has released nine CDs as a leader featuring such greats as Randy Brecker, Will Lee, Mark Egan, & Joel Rosenblatt among others. His music has been featured on hundreds of TV shows globally for MTV, VH1, A&E, Comedy Central, USA, Spike, HGTV, etc., and his band has played thousands of gigs internationally.

"...Part of the reason for his accessibility is that he not only fuses jazz and rock, he complements it with warm chords of funk, soul, and rhythm and blues..." – New York Times

"Bottom Line: Lenz is a real embodiment of a guitar hero...But just like jaguars are born to run, Lenz is born to play...leaving the listener breathless in their musical journey with him. He is a big sound, a big talent..." – Jazz Inside Magazine



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dave gaul

amazeing cd
i purchased this cd not to long ago after seeing bd in concert. as a younger jazz drummer and guitarist his music really inspired me to play as much as i can and helped take my music to another level.i highly suggest this cd or any of his cds to anyone.bd is truely a gifted musician.

Josh Silver

This is GOOD stuff!
I bought this CD on a whim and I can't believe how GREAT it is. This is one of the hottest bands I've heard in a while.

Frank Friel

Fantastic Jazz Fusion by an accomplished artist.
The term Fusion is defined on this outstanding album. B.D. Lenz very capably combines a myriad of rhythms and tempos with Jazz inflections that create a very appealing set of arrangements. The album starts of with “Famous Last Words” a fusion of funk rhythms, Latin beats, and the type of improvisational innuendoes you would expect. “Juxtaposition” combines a Rock and Roll beat with some Swing to give the listener just what the title offers. “Look Around” and “We All Fall Down” present a solid Freestyle Jazz feel with the latter’s tempo verging on manic. “Do You Ever Think About Me?” feels like a Soul inspired piece that sets a nice mellow mood. “Along The Way” is a blues based very folk sounding piece with engaging melodies. “Mumbo Jumbo” is an aptly titled tune that is a fusion of the solid funk sound at which B.D. is very adept and his exceptional improvisational style. “Mother Mary” almost has a lullaby feel to it and is another “mood” piece. “Smooth Sailing” could very likely be the Fusion defining moment on this album. The solid Blues Rock foundation with intelligent and very well performed fills by practically all the players makes this one a gem. “Julia’s Song” is a beautiful tribute that is a bit of a Classical arrangement that is simple yet clever. If you enjoy a wide variety of Fusion sounds in a Jazz album, you’ll love this offering from a very talented Composer/Artist, B.D. Lenz.