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by Lenny Marcus

The trio's fourth album featuers the two legendary saxophonists Frank Foster and Sonny Fortune. Many will remember Frank's seminal work arranging for, and playing with, the Count Basie Orchestra for many years.
Genre: Jazz: Mainstream Jazz
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1. Manhattan Fever
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2. Take 5
8:25 $0.99
3. I Love the Life I Live
3:59 $0.99
4. The Prayer
8:17 $0.99
5. New Coat of Paint
3:35 $0.99
6. A Different Time
6:34 $0.99
7. Song for My Father
5:30 $0.99
8. It Ain't What It Was
4:38 $0.99
9. I Could Write a Book
4:21 $0.99
10. Jazzaphrenia
5:03 $0.99
11. Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise
6:04 $0.99
12. My Song
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Album Notes
Lenny Marcus hails from Washington D.C. and worked for many years in New Orleans and south Louisiana. While there, Lenny had the opportunity to study with world-renowned jazz educator Alvin Batiste at Southern University, as well as the legendary jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis, among others. Perhaps the greatest influences came, however, from the strong left-handed, blues-oriented pianist Ray Bryant, to whom Lenny grew up listening, as well as the more modern, modal approach of McCoy Tyner. His bluesy, vocal phrasings remind the listener of a young Mose Allison, with a little Michael Franks mixed in. Lenny also brings his own unique style, providing a fresh innovative, and highly creative approach to the jazz listener.

Lenny is featured on several albums, including six as leader: BAT IN THE HAT; the widely acclaimed REMEMBER INFINITY; the 1998 CD with world-renowned guitarist Charlie Byrd A DIFFERENT SHADE OF BLUE; JAZZAPHRENIA, with featured guests Frank Foster and Sonny Fortune; JAZZ TONIGHT featuring trumpeter Brian Lynch of The Phil Woods Quintet and Chip McNeill of Arturo Sandoval's group; and his latest CD, CATHEXIS, joined by the legendary David Fathead Newman on sax and flute; the lyrical Ray Codrington on flugelhorn and trumpet, the burning horns of Brian Lynch on trumpet and Chip McNeill on sax; and finally, the stellar Jane Powell who adds vocals on a couple of tracks.

The next stop was New Orleans, the musical equivalent of gumbo. There, his formal and informal musical education grew exponentially. He studied with Ellis Marsalis (father of Wynton and Branford) and with renowned clarinetist Alvin Batiste. In true New Orleans fashion, Batiste taught his students to hear all music - be it Hendrix or Mozart or Basie - and appreciate what it offers.

Marcus now lives in Roanoke, Virginia but covered a lot of miles before he got to Roanoke. At their house in D.C., Marcus' parents hosted a stream of accomplished musicians, including Charlie Byrd and pianist Ray Bryant. It's not quite the old "Mama sang bass, daddy sang tenor," routine, but his mother did play the upright bass, and his dad did play piano.



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Michael Stiegler

Tasty piano and rhythm with a dash of horns
This is great jazz because it's fun to listen to AND it's really great art. There's everything to like about this CD: an interesting variety of tunes with a satisfying mix of originals and a few cleverly interpreted standards. Marcus' piano is bold and gentle all at once. He surrounds himself with great rhythm and wonderful horns. I love this CD -- it stays in my changer as others come and go.