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Desert Flower

by Lenny Sendersky & Tony Romano

Great grooves, strong melodies, and top notch Jazz personnel make this Brazilian flavored CD a great listen.
Genre: Jazz: Bossa Nova
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1. Chet (feat. Joe Locke)
Lenny Sendersky & Tony Romano
5:46 $0.99
2. Sitting Under the Tree
Lenny Sendersky & Tony Romano
6:38 $0.99
3. Desert Flower (feat. Steve LaSpina)
Lenny Sendersky & Tony Romano
3:23 $0.99
4. Horizons (feat. Randy Brecker)
Lenny Sendersky & Tony Romano
6:40 $0.99
5. Promise (feat. Joe Locke)
Lenny Sendersky & Tony Romano
5:58 $0.99
6. My Father's Island (feat. Cleve Douglass)
Lenny Sendersky & Tony Romano
4:21 $0.99
7. Sophie (feat. Randy Brecker)
Lenny Sendersky & Tony Romano
8:08 $0.99
8. Fruit Tea (feat. Joe Locke)
Lenny Sendersky & Tony Romano
4:28 $0.99
9. Nature Boy (feat. Cleve Douglass)
Lenny Sendersky & Tony Romano
5:07 $0.99
10. Tango (feat. Matt Kane)
Lenny Sendersky & Tony Romano
2:54 $0.99
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Album Notes
Lenny Sendersky and Tony Romano met in Copenhagen in 2010 and instantly hit it off. They ended up touring together in Russia 2011, 2012, and 2013. Before the 2013 tour they decided to pull together some of their favorite musicians - Randy Brecker, Joe Locke, Cleve Douglass, Steve LaSpina, and Matt Kane to play on their first recording of mostly original Brazilian tinged compositions.



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Young saxophonist Lenny Sendersky clearly is a player developing a sound, using feel good ideas that are based in Brazil is influenced to a certain degree by Stan Getz even though he does not play tenor, and has surrounded himself with veteran jazzmen to elevate his abilities.
Guitarist Tony Romano is clearly the straw that stirs the drink both in terms of presence, and the level of his expertise. Both he and Sendersky split writing chores four and four, with a lesser known Duke Ellington title, and their tender rendition of Nature Boy featuring the sensitive vocals of Cleve Douglas The originals have direct Brazilian bossa and samba elements with Randy Brecker is a waltz Sendersky's"Sophie which is more composed, complex and sports greater dynamic content, while Fruit Tree is absolutely hot and showcases the brilliant vibes of Joe Locke. Romano's attractive "Horizons" is upbeat and has Brecker's trumpet perfectly in its Latin groove, where "Promse",again with Locke, is different in a contemporary modal spirit style.Except for the last track "Tango" which gives a go at a free and no time framework, the remainder of the program is considerably lighter fare While uneven on this recording Sendersky shows great potential as he finds an individual voice. Influenced by American jazz musicians while sporting a European (Denmark,Russia and lsrael,) he seems background focused and set in his ways. More experience will tell the tale on his progress through the wide swath of contemporary jazz.

Desert Flower

"Desert Flower (Desert Records) is a collabora- saxophonist lsraeli-based, tion between Russian born, Lenny Sendersky and New York guitarist Tony Romano. After the two met and played together at a jam session Denmark at the Christiana Jazz Club In Copenhagen, in June of 2010, they partnered up and began touring together in Russia some of the music they documents This recording were playing in Russia along with newer composition s They are backed on this 2013 recording by Steve LaSpina on bass and Matt Kane on drums, with ap- Locke on vibes Randy Brecker pearances on trumpet and Cleve Douglass on vocals. Brazilian ac definite There is plenty to enjoy cent to much of this starting with Romano's chet." a samba with Sendersky on soprano with Romano comp ing before taking a nice single sole Locke contributes a lovely vibes solo on this bright breezy Brazilian tinged Sendersky switches to alto on another original sitting under the Tree," one of three perfor mances with just the quartet. In addition to Sendersky's deft guitar, there is fluid alto and Romano. backing by Laspina (who takes a brief solo) and Kane with a light touch The taste and restraint is also Pres- ent on the title track. lovely tone Poem. Randy Brecker's trumpet is added on Romano's Horizons with some blistery playing followed by Romano's driving acoustic playing. and then Sender- sky with some nice phasing Locke's shimmery vibes lend to the mood of Romano's lovely ballad "Promise while "Fruit Tree is a with Sendersky on soprano. brisk, lively samba with Locke's lively playing here some hot alto sax. Cleve Douglas complementing sings on Duke Ellington's "My Father's lsland" from opera "Queenie Pie." Not previously fa. Buch. Ellington's miliar with Douglass I was impressed by his mix of scatting, rap and vocal here as well as an evocative rendition of the classic "Nature Boy" In both cases. marvelous the quartet provides tastefully restrained, accompaniment. The disc closes with Romano's Tango." a slower performance with a tad bit dramatic flair in Sendersky's sax. This is a terrific group with strong soloing and ensemble playing using Brazilian roots in its approach. Desert Flower is a marvelous recording with so many delightful tracks to enjoy.
Ron Weinstock (Jazz&Blues Magazine)

by Grego Applegate Edwards

If I am a little late posting on this one, I apologize to the artists. It's not because the album today is less worthy. I've been pummeled with promos so much that my on-deck stacks have been in need of serious pruning. This one slipped into limbo as a result. Nonetheless this is solid.
I speak of course of the co-led Lenny Sendersky-Tony Romano group and their album Desert Flower (LeTo). Lenny plays alto and soprano, Tony is on acoustic classical guitar. They gather together a hip congregation of heavies in Steve LaSpina on upright bass, and Matt Kane at the drums. Then they add some guests of note for two cuts each--the inimitable Randy Brecker on trumpet, vibes vet Joe Locke and singer Cleve Douglass.

The main attraction are the co-leaders. Each supplies four originals and they are tuneful, harmonically active ones that set the table well for soloing. A standard, "Nature Boy" is there. And then there's a not-so-well-known Duke Ellington number, "My Fathers Island." The very out-front, original vocals of Cleve Douglass makes this song come very much alive. I'd play it if I had a radio show.

Lenny gives us a gorgeous tone and he has good ideas. Tony has a very well-schooled mainstream bossa-to-postbop versatility that comes through in artistic ways. He is someone to hear, surely.

The band cooks, solos are sparkling, and in the end one feels satisfied that good jazz has happened.

Nice one!

by Grego Applegate Edwards

Леонид Аускерн http://jazzquad.ru/index.pl?act=PRODUCT&id=3551

Lenny Sendersky / Tony Romano - Desert Flower
Lenny Sendersky / Tony Romano - Desert Flower
Lenny Sendersky / Tony Romano - Desert Flower Рассказывая об этом альбоме, необходимо упомянуть сразу четыре страны – Израиль, США, Россию и Данию. В Израиле живет с 2011 года, играет на саксофоне, сочиняет музыку и продюсирует различные музыкальные проекты один из авторов проекта данного – Ленни Сендерски. Другой автор, американец Тони Романо, играет на гитаре и преподает тонкости джазового мастерства в Куинс Колледж. Россия здесь важна, потому что Ленни Сендерски родился, вырос и получил музыкальное образование в Санкт-Петербурге. Именно по России Ленни и Тони недавно совершили концертный тур. Вы можете задать вопрос: ну, а Дания-то тут причем? Дело в том, что именно в этой стране пересеклись творческие пути обоих музыкантов. Именно в Дании Ленни, еще до эмиграции в Израиль, совершенствовал свое исполнительское мастерство. В 2010 году в одном из джазовых клубов Копенгагена, на джем-сешн, познакомились и впервые сыграли вместе Сендерски и Романо.

С тех пор они работают вместе, а альбом Desert Flower подводит некий итог двухлетнему этапу сотрудничества музыкантов. Его программу составили как ранее исполнявшиеся ими композиции, так и пьесы, специально сочиненные для этого проекта. Desert Flower – альбом почти полностью авторский: каждый из его создателей представлен здесь четырьмя композициями. Есть еще на диске и два кавера, но о них чуть позже, а сначала о гостях проекта. Надо сказать, что помимо ритм-группы, Ленни и Тони удалось пригласить в свой проект мастеров экстра-класса: в двух пьесах здесь играет на трубе легендарный Рэнди Брэкер, а в других трех звучит вибрафон не менее известного Джо Локка. А вот теперь о каверах: композиция My Father’s Island великого Эллингтона и Nature Boy, хит Нэт Кинг Коула, сочиненный колоритным Иденом Ахбезом, словно сошедшим со страниц книг Керуака – это вокальные треки, где к инструменталистам присоединяется певец Клив Дуглас (он, кстати, присоединялся к Ленни и Тони и во время тура по России).

Голос Клива с его какими-то африканскими интонациями вносит приятное разнообразие в программу альбома. Но эпитет «приятный» относится не только к вокальным трекам. Приятна, комфортна, хорошо «ложится на ухо» и вся музыка Desert Flower. Наверное, у многих после этих строк мелькнет в сознании термин smooth-jazz? Одним этот стиль нравится, другие считают его пародией на джаз настоящий, но, на мой взгляд, к smooth-jazz музыка Сендерски и Романо отношения все же не имеет. Это все же мэйнстрим на основе пост-бопа, но сочиненный и исполненный столь тонко и изящно, что Ленни и Тони успешно пронесли свой «Цветок пустыни» (так можно перевести название альбома) по узкому песчаному бархану (стараюсь соблюсти пустынный колорит) между джазом и его лакированным подобием. Порукой тому – отличные дуэты саксофона и трубы, напряженные диалоги гитары и вибрафона, да и просто - подлинно джазовый feeling, присущий практически каждому треку альбома. Другой вопрос, что, наверное, не только стремление к творческому самовыражению, но и мысли о максимальном количестве потенциальных слушателей владели авторами при работе над этим диском. Мне кажется, им удалось успешно соединить в одно целое обе эти задачи.

© 2013 LeTo Records
10 tks / 53 mins
(Lenny Sendersky – as, ss; Tony Romano – g; Steve LaSpina – b; Matt Kane – dr; Randy Brecker - tp (tks 4,7); Joe Locke – vibe (tks 1,5,8); Cleve Douglass – voc (tks 6,9);)
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