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Whole Lotta Somethin'

by Lee Hartley

Blues, Jazz, Funk, Swing & Bebop are all in this Musical treasure. This CD is Unique with Artists like Les McCann, a living Legend of 'Compared To What' fame, Javon Jackson, Jaime Valle, Ted Herman's Big Band, Pat Rizzo and Don Sheldon with Lee Hartley.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Honeysuckle Rose (feat. Ted Herman's Big Band)
2:51 $0.99
2. Sister Sadie (feat. Les McCann)
4:47 $0.99
3. Cry Me a River (feat. Pat Rizzo's Band)
4:57 $0.99
4. Four (feat. Pat Rizzo's Band)
4:05 $0.99
5. Whole Lotta Somethin' (feat. Les McCann)
5:04 $0.99
6. Feel Like Making Love (feat. Les McCann)
5:55 $0.99
7. Swingin' King Cole (feat. Ted Herman's Big Band)
3:00 $0.99
8. Only Trust Your Heart (feat. Les McCann)
4:34 $0.99
9. I Love Being Here With You (feat. Ted Herman's Big Band)
3:06 $0.99
10. Blue Moon (feat. Ted Herman's Big Band)
2:32 $0.99
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"Hartley, an impressive jazz artist...performing comfortably in a style that enhanced a mainstream jazz perspective with illuminating aspects of gospel music and blues wtih spontaneity, imagination and swing"
Don Heckman - International Review of Music

"Lee is like a fine, long live recipe. Even though she's a young, energetic soul who's learned from "What Was"...it gives her the "Just Right Know How" to handle the music of NOW. There is No one like her. She's the Full Package".
Les McCann - Legendary Jazz Artist / Composer/ Innovator

Lee began as a child Gospel singer touring with her two sisters as The Hartley Sisters and their father Rev. M.L. Hartley, A State Overseer moving all over the USA. Music was a passion from the beginning. Singing was about Love. The Hartleys were a family where Mom and Dad, three brothers and three sisters all went to revivals every night of the week, months on end. Harmonies were floating around even when they were washing dishes or riding in the car. Lee's love and understanding of harmonies came from a sister on each side of her embracing one another singing parts to her lead vocals. In High School Lee played Saxophone but studied voice in College. After college she immediately found herself touring in Rhythm and Blues Bands. She moved to NYC once she heard the harmonies and creative variations of Jazz and Bebop. She was consummed with loving this kind of music. She moved to Greenwich Village in NY to study with Claude Garvey and frequent the hip jazz venues within walking distance. Going to The Village Vanguard, Sweet Basils, Knickerbockers and hearing the Who's Who of Jazz every night was just heaven. She left NYC to tour with a Vegas type show band which moved her to California. She sang in Los Angeles, studied with Willie Jones Sr. and even booked two Jazz clubs. She later sang at the Playboy Clubs in Japan. She met Les McCann during this time and an immediate friendship began. Her background in Gospel music and love of the healing arts bonded the two of them for life. Lee and Les now have a group together and four cuts on her CD are with Les. Lee began singing with Ted Herman's Big Band which opened up a whole new love of Big Band Sounds for her. Being spontaneous and in the moment of Music is what lights Lee up. Like the Gospel music she grew up with, She wants to feel something when she makes music. It is about the emotion and connection to the musicians. It is about being in the moment. Lee just wants to be Lee whether it is with Les McCann, Ted Herman's Big Band or singing with any musicians. She loves to compose music as well as study the Masters of Jazz . This is her first solo CD after a lifetime of singing all kinds of music. Each song was chosen for special reasons.
'Honeysuckle Rose' is with her Big Band and she wanted to add her own harmony to her already improvised lead vocal to make this standard her own. "Sister Sadie" is from her love of Horace Silver as he personally gave her these lyric many years ago. Les McCann makes 'Sister Sadie' a funky thang having Bob Magnusson do a riff on his upright Bass that sets the foundation of Hip Funk. 'Cry Me A River' has always been a favorite ballad with the lyrics that haunt your soul. 'Four' is truly a love of Miles Davis. Jon Hendricks gives a message in Four's lyrics that are like a sermon of life. Lee added harmonies to Four's live track. Pat Rizzo and Don Sheldon detour into an interesting exchange of 'Cherokee' on the Saxophone solos. 'Whole Lotta Somethin', the title song, was written by Lee to describe that animal attraction that is felt sometimes without even knowing a person. A' Whole Lotta Somethin' is about that 'IT' factor. Les McCann sets the Groove as only he can do on this one. Lee met Eugene McDaniels who wrote "Feel Like Making Love" while she was singing one night. Gene planned to produce Lee. He had also written Les McCann's huge hit "Compared to What" as well as nine of Roberta Flack #1 hits. Both Lee and Gene were Preacher's Kids and instant friends. Unexpectedly Gene passed away so "Feel Like Making Love' is a tribute to Gene. Javon Jackson and John Rekevics add a sexiness to Gene's classic song. 'Swingin' King Cole" was composed by Lee when Natalie Cole was on her first Unforgetable tour. Lee was dating her pianist and sitting through rehearsals when she felt inspired to write a tribute song for Nat King Cole. She first recorded it with Natalie's trio and rewrote it with Lee Bradford as a Big Band arrangement which is on this CD. Lee loves to Swing and "I Love Being Here With You" gives her that opportunity. Also having a great admiration for Peggy Lee movtivated her to update the lyrics some and include this happy song which she loves to sing so much. This is the year of Blue Moons, more than we will ever see in our lifetime so "Blue Moon" made the cut. Lee's CD is a labor of love and a great gathering of superb musicial talents. Starting with The legendary Les McCann, we also have Javon Jackson -Sax, Bob Magnusson - Bass, Allan Phillips - Grand Piano/ Producer, Jaime Valle - Guitar, Duncan Moore - Drums and John Rekevic - Flute and Alto Sax.
In Ted Herman's Big Band we feature Danny Flahive - Bass, Ted Herman - Alto Sax, Vitto Pizzo - Tenor Sax as well as our amazing Big Band of Soulful players. For Pat Rizzo's Band, Pat Rizzo - Saxophones, Don Sheldon - Alto on Four, Dennis Michaels -piano / arranger, Marshall Hawkins - Bass and Steve Neilen - Drums. Enjoy and Have a Love Lee Day ~ Lee



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ALPHONSE MOUZON CEO/Chairman 0f Tenacious Records

I'm so impressed with new jazz/pop/soul singer Lee Hartley's new CD "Whole Lotta Somethin" that she released on her own! Great vocals, songs and musicianship! Legendary pianist/vocalist Les McCann appears on this awesome swinging release! I recommend this impeccable CD to all of my fans!!


Driving 90 mph
Imagine coming down the Eastern scarp of the Sierra Nevadas headed for Reno. Cadillac convertible doin' 90!! Chanteuse on the stereo singing to the 8 cylinders cruisin as your passenger looses her scarf to the wind and simply squeels with delight at its loss and the music spurs your attitudes on! Hot August Nights, and Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable are in town filming the "Misfits". This pretty much captures the spirit of Lee Hartley's new CD. Try it, drive back to the past and feel the energy. Go to Vegas, Winnemucca, Elko, Ely, even Laughlin or Palm Springs . Listen to this effort by Ms. Hartley and see if you don't feel it!! She couldn't be supported by a finer cast of Musicians. From CLASSIC Jazz Masters to young, Hip Cats, she is surrounded by the best and rises to the occasion providing us ALL a trip to the Classy style that embodies the past!!