Leslie Brown | Tenderly

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by Leslie Brown

Leslie Brown is a jewel among the great singers of all time. With an old soul and a modern vibe Leslie imbues these classics with a smooth, honest and compelling intensity.
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. He Must Be in Love
5:47 $0.79
2. Tequila
4:49 $0.79
3. Hotel California
6:10 $0.79
4. Tenderly
4:24 $0.79
5. Caravan
4:48 $0.79
6. Earth Song
5:47 $0.79
7. Welcome to the Machine
7:02 $0.79
8. In the Moon of the Black Calf
5:11 $0.79
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Album Notes
Producer Ben Makinen of Bmakin Music introduces the marvelously talented and beautiful Leslie Brown!

Leslie Brown - vocals
Ben Makinen - drums & percussion
Art Lande - piano
Mark Simon - bass

Special Guests:
Vlad Girshevich - piano & bass on Hotel California
Silver Ainomae - cello on Earth Song


- by Jon Solomon, Westword
Save for a rousing take on Duke Ellington's "Caravan," Leslie Brown's Tenderly is an unhurried affair — and that's as it should be, because the singer's relaxed delivery is suited to songs that are slow and slinky, such as opener "He Must Be in Love" and the gorgeous title track. Even the Champs' normally upbeat "Tequila" is slowed down a few notches, turned into a laid-back, swinging groove by drummer Ben Makinen, with some deft piano playing by Art Lande. Elsewhere, the Eagles' "Hotel California" and Pink Floyd's "Welcome to the Machine" get innovative jazzy treatments. Brown is in complete control of her voice, and there's a certain purity that runs throughout the disc, which is ideal for late-night listening.



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Ron Bucknam

Touch & Taste
Makinens brush work on "welcome to the machine" (and other places) shows exactitude, restraint and dynamics that is only the results of decades of supportive collaboration (compared with, too much, too loud, look- at-me-Dad style drumming....which he give a nice nod to on his "Afro Blue" video solo). Anyway, the subtleties are lovely and making the tune rock, but still inhabit the new arrangement shows a sophisticated maturity. Leslie's control of emotion, her instrument and semitone-sustains are remarkable; she's a natural , but one suspects much training as well as passion. Brava.