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Now and Again

by Eric Leeds

When it comes to the saxophone, Eric Leeds was integral to Prince's sound. This re-issue showcases Eric as the leader, highlighting his writing and great melodic soloing.
Genre: Jazz: Bebop
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1. Now and Again
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2. Djibouti
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3. Rio Diamante
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4. No Reason at All
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5. Medley: Nowhere to Be Found / Rainbow
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6. To Whom It May Concern
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Album Notes
Born in Milwaukee, Eric Leeds spent most of his formative years in Pittsburgh.
He first picked up the saxophone at age eleven, soaking up a wide spectrum of
R&B, Latin and jazz, with an emphasis on the latter. Enrolling in Pittsburgh’s
Duquesne University School of Music, Leeds spent two years getting a firm
musical grounding while continuing his jazz studies with acclaimed saxophonist
Eric Kloss. Striking out on his own in a series of local groups, Leeds soon made
a name for himself on the city’s thriving club scene. In the early 80’s, he relocated
to Atlanta where he spent two years exploring the city’s rich musical heritage.
It was then that opportunity knocked when, during a trip to Minneapolis, he was
introduced to Prince, who had heard one of Leeds’ demo tapes. The star was in
the process of putting together a new group and, impressed by Eric’s singular
saxophone style, offered him a spot in the line-up. The result was The Family.
Leeds went to work in the studio and onstage with Prince, including four
worldwide tours and performances on such Prince albums as 'Parade', 'Sign O’
The Times', 'Lovesexy', and 'Batman'. The eventual result of all this musical
interplay was another prestigious venture, Madhouse. The group’s two
instrumental albums featured not only Leeds’ propulsive jazz playing (on tenor
and baritone saxes and flute), but his writing and arranging as well. As the
group’s leader, Eric played some of Europe’s best known jazz clubs, including
New Morning in Paris, Quasimodo in Berlin, Munich’s Park Café and Fasching in
Stockholm. The group achieved a US Top 5 R&B hit with the the instrumental '6'.
In 1989, Eric and Prince got together to begin pre-production on a third
Madhouse offering. Prince’s previous commitments left the bulk of the recording
and producing chores to Leeds. When it became evident that what was to be a
Madhouse album was turning into a vehicle for Eric’s own musical imagination,
he set about creating what would become a genuine showcase for his
talents. The result was 'Times Squared', an effort that landed Leeds squarely in
the front ranks of jazz’s most accomplished practitioners.
The release of Times Squared was followed by a Midwestern tour with his newly
formed road band. Returning home, Leeds’ next project was composing and
performing original music for an independent Canadian feature film, Giant Steps.
The film was subsequently screened at Lincoln Center in conjunction with the
prestigious Thelonius Monk Jazz Competition. Eric also found time to play on
recording projects for a diverse assortment of artists including Miles Davis,
Jimmy McGriff, George Benson, Sheila E., Chaka Khan, George Clinton, Patti
LaBelle, Kid Creole and The Coconuts, Wendy and Lisa, Mavis Staples, Ricky
Peterson, Latin-jazz trumpeter Charlie Sepulveda, guitarist Clay Moore, and the
award-winning soundtrack for the documentary Hoop Dreams.
Eric’s second solo album continued where 'Times Squared' left off. Entitled
'Things Left Unsaid', it included original material as well as some impeccably
selected covers. Co-produced by Gil Goldstein, it featured a rhythm section of
Weather Report alumni drummer/percussionist Alex Acuna, bassist Alfonso
Johnson, and percussionist/vocalist Mino Cinelu. Also featured was a brass
section comprised of trumpeters Charlie Sepulveda and Brian Lynch, and
trombonist Conrad Herwig, at the time the core of Eddie Palmieri’s horn section.
In 1994, Eric along with the aforementioned Sepulveda became charter members
with Sheila E. in the Latin-jazz/funk band E Train. Touring included performances
at the House of Blues in LA, Boston and New Orleans, and many major jazz
venues throughout the US and Europe. Three tours of Japan featured visits to
the Blue Note Tokyo, Osaka and Fukuoka. The groups’ recording 'Writes of
Passage' includes compositions by Leeds (the title track) and other members of
the group.
Eric was also involved in a project called the Minneapolis All-Stars. Band
members included Ricky Peterson on keyboards (also David Sanborn’s musical
director), his brother St. Paul Peterson on bass and vocals and Janet Jackson/Kd
Lang guitarist Dave Berry. Group activity included touring, music-school seminars
and an album, 'The Minneapolis All-Stars Live At The Qwest' on Go Jazz
Records. Eric’s third solo album, 'Now And Again', recorded for Zinc Productions
features original compositions and a band including Ricky Peterson and former
Prince drummer Michael Bland.
In 2002, Eric toured again with his former “boss”, Prince, in a band that included
Eric’s long time friend and mentor Maceo Parker, and that culminated in the DVD
'Prince Live at The Aladdin Las Vegas'.
Eric spent much of 2007 through 2009 touring Europe and Japan with Bay Area
based vocalist/keyboardist RAD. Her group also includes guitarist Ray Obeido,
former E Train bassist Marc Van Wageningen and former Maze and Santana
drummer Billy Johnson. A live recording of the band in Japan was released in
2008 followed by RAD's latest "Getting Down Is Free' featuring Eric and
trombonist Fred Wesley in 2009. 2010 saw the release of the Estaire Godinez'
CD "This Time" featuring a seductive blend of Latin ballads and burnin' fusion/
funk. Eric is featured along with several of the Twin Cities' finest players including
Mint Condition's Stokely Williams on drums and vocals. Eric plays saxophone,
flute and handles all horn arrangements on Mint Condition’s new album ‘Music @
The Speed Of Life’ released in September 2012.



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Eric Leeds is a Musical Gift!!!
I have had to purchase this CD at least 6 times!!! I literally play the CD out! This CD is a must have!!!