Carolyn Leonhart | Waiting for the Day

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Waiting for the Day

by Carolyn Leonhart

Carolyn Leonhart's sensitive, soulful rendering of the contemplative lyrics of this smooth jazz/pop tune is the perfect complement to the infectious afro/pop beat that supports and propels it!
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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Carolyn Leonhart, daughter of jazz bassist Jay Leonhart and sister of the trumpeter Michael Leonhart, is perhaps best known as a jazz singer, but is equally at home singing R&B, Soul, and Funk. She has performed as a back-up vocalist for Steely Dan on several tours and recordings. Her influences include Sarah Vaughn, Carmen McRae, and Johnny Hartman as well as Stevie Wonder, The Doobie Brothers, Earth Wind and Fire, and, of course, Steely Dan.

Early in Carolyn's career, when pressed at a Thelonious Monk International Vocal Jazz Competition, as to whether she considered herself a "jazz singer"-- she quickly responded, "No way--I just consider myself a singer." And sing the lyrics to Waiting for the Day she does-- by turns, smooth, vulnerable and achingly soulful-- on the edge of breaking-- until she finally soars throughout the third verse--a masterful performance.

"Waiting for the Day" is at once smooth jazz and pop-- but pop with perhaps higher aspirations as attested to by the music video that accompanies the song which stands as one possible interpretation of the lyrics. The tune was written by Barry Roark Strutt, formerly of Mystic Merlin (Capitol Records) and cleverly arranged with the help of Clyde Bullard, the bass player for Mystic Merlin (whose bass line here is unique--at times standing up almost as a lead "second voice"), and the master keyboardist Ray Naccari.

Mystic Merlin signed with Capitol in 1980 and released the, Charles Kipps produced, album 'Mystic Merlin'.
It featured the dance classic 'Just Can't Give You Up', a U.K. Top 20 single (the acappella from which was utilized by the U.K. group Life On Earth on their single 'Can't Give You Up'). Mystic Merlin's sound on "Just Can't Give You Up" was ahead of its time and anticipated what later became known as "smooth jazz."

A second album, entitled 'Sixty Thrills A Minute' followed in 1981.
Recorded in Hollywood, the album featured the original line-up with further artistic input from Paulinho Da Costa, Jim Gilstrap, Bill Champlin, Cheryl Lynn, Gene Page, Charles Veal and Ernie Watts amongst others.

With their third album for Capitol, 'Full Moon", they added Freddle Jackson to the group.
The album included 'Mr Magician', hugely popular among U.K. soul / dance fans.

Well known in the UK and throughout Europe and world-wide for that matter, Mystic Merlin has enjoyed a resurgence of late as Big Break Records licensed the three albums from Capitol. Then after carefully remastering each of them (with bonus tracks), they added a slick, detailed booklet penned by music journalist J. Matthew Cobb, who conducted numerous contemporary interviews with the group that at once reprised their career, even as it revealed some secrets. Finally BBR repackaged the albums and released them all on CD.



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