Leah Randazzo | At The Root

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At The Root

by Leah Randazzo

Jazz-infused R&B and funk (with vocals.)
Genre: Pop: with Live-band Production
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  Song Share Time Download
1. My Weapon
3:37 $0.99
2. All I Need In You
4:44 $0.99
3. Passes Me By
4:51 $0.99
4. Higher
4:25 $0.99
5. Turns To Grey
4:13 $0.99
6. The Sweetness
4:35 $0.99
7. Photograph
4:25 $0.99
8. Ain't It Funny
4:48 $0.99
9. Waiting For Alex
5:02 $0.99
10. Morning Song
5:38 $0.99
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Album Notes
22-year-old composer and vocalist Leah Randazzo is a naturally gifted performer of uncommon charisma who knows how to bring an audience to its feet with her sultry voice and high-energy stage performance. Her original compositions, described as jazz-infused R&B and funk, are sophisticated songs of genuine poignance and passion that are getting serious attention from veteran songwriters, composers, and producers. The Leah Randazzo Group, a sextet which includes vocals, rhythm section, and horns, formed in the spring of 2005 and has been playing throughout the northeast since, including opening for Grammy winner Judy Collins. Leah's long awaited debut album "At The Root" is a stunning debut available in May 2006.



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Great voice - can't wait to hear her in person!
What a great album. She has such a smooth style and strong vocals. I love every track. Passes me by is my favorite.


Amazing...I haven't stopped spinning it.
Leah can sing, her band can play and the sound they make together is near unbelievable. Randazzo's voice ranges from smooth and sweet to forceful and punctuated yet still soulful. It was by pure chance that I happened on a live show in Burlington, Vermont; and after hearing one song I knew I had to pick up this album. I wasn't disappointed and I've been spinning this cd non stop. (Favorites so far: My Weapon, Higher, Passes Me By and Turns to Grey)

john baringer

she is a new Peggy Lee.
I like jazz, which I hear while driving, but I seldom take time to sit and listen to music elsewhere, never get out to shows, due to raising six grandchildren, and don't really like a lot of the new music being promoted.
But, when I'm in the New Haven Area, I often visit the Space (in Hamden) for their open mike night, and she had played there, they had a copy and were playing it before the show began. When I heard it I said "I've got to get this" and got the info from the music manager.
Now that I've heard it on my own, I have to compare her to Peggy Lee, with her strong, bluesy voice and intimacy. I don't know to what extent she "wrote" the songs as far as orchestration, but the group interacts great.
Previous reviewers have commented on her "out of the main line" choices and I would agree that she may not get to the pop charts, because she appeals to a more mature group (so I got one for my mother, too). She's a beauty sounding much older than she looks. But her voice is definitely her weapon, and, although I'm not much interested in love songs, per se, I like the writing with its more down-to-earth focus. I don't often listen to CDs in the car, either, but I think I will be doing so with her.
Just waiting for the next one.


Great Stuff! If you like Fiona, Erykah, Carole, Laura N, you'll like Leah!
The only thing better than hearing Leah on CD is hearing her live. I've seen her 4-5 times, and so know the songs very well, most or all of which she's written. She has gifts in writing, singing and performing, and they are abundantly clear throughout this melodious debut album. The upbeat songs showcase her range and emotion, while the beautiful ballads show her songwriting abilities and versatility. Well done!

Play Magazine

It's not easy to be smooth when you're going against the grain, but Leah Randazz
It's not easy to be smooth when you're going against the grain, but Leah Randazzo somehow pulls it off.

The Amherst, Mass-based vocalist and composer, who just completed her first album with the Leah Randazzo Group, isn't shy about her music's strong, insistent jazz influences - and while that may not be the most fashionable thing in music right now, her powerful vocal delivery and funky, energetic compositions make one wonder why it isn't.

"I think that everybody who's involved in music struggles with figuring out what their place is and what their market is, if they have one," says 21-year-old Randazzo, who credits her violinist father's musical tastes as a big influence on her own. Of her new record, titled At the Root, she says, "It was just me needing to represent myself totally, fully and honestly, without trying to do anything that I felt would compromise my artistic integrity."

What that means to the listener is a sound that doesn't pigeonhole itself stylistically; musically, it's as dynamic and fluid as Randazzo's voice. Along with her five-piece band - guitarist Andy Taylor, bassist David Picci, drummer Justin Annis, and the horn section of Matt Stevenson on trumpet and Joe Mayo on tenor sax - she's put together a disc that works very well as a jazz record, though it's poppy and engaging enough to have much wider appeal.

Songs like Higher, Photograph, and All I Need In You show off a sexy, modern R&B side and a tendency toward agile, funk-tinged guitars, but there's also a more subdued, slinky, traditional jazz vibe to songs like the Fever-esque Passes

Me By. At their most boisterous - as on the brash, brassy opener My Weapon — the band's songs are highly danceable and colored with punchy horn lines. At their most sensitive - as on the piano- and string-laced closer Morning Song - they blow the work of Starbucks jazz divas like Norah Jones out of the water.

Randazzo, who estimates that she's been writing songs for about seven years now, is usually responsible for the initial compositions - songs, she says, that are drawn from all over the musical spectrum. "I listen to a lot of people like Stevie Wonder and Al Green and Aretha Franklin," she says, enthusiastically rattling off a list of her biggest songwriting and performance influences. "... Joni Mitchell, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Fiona Apple — people that are kind of melding together really modern sounds, sort of influenced by jazz harmony. I think that accounts for a lot of the variety."

What's also helped, she says, is having a full band behind her to fill in the details of the compositions and beef up the sound. The current ensemble came together "sort of by chance," she says, when Randazzo was selected as a local opening act for a show by folksinger Judy Collins. Looking to assemble a combo to back her up for the gig, she met Taylor through a mutual friend at a jazz standards gigs, and the rest of the band came together there.

Now that they're officially a band, Randazzo says she's so enamored with performing other musicians, it's almost completely changed her mind about going it alone. "I'm just really into the band aspect of it, I really like having a lot of sound and lot of instruments," she says. "I very, very rarely play solo — I actually prefer to not even play piano while I'm performing, I try to focus on the vocals and the kind of stage stuff that I can do separately."

She'll have plenty of time for that on the self-booked tour that takes the band through the New Haven area and on down the East Coast. The road gigs will also give her the chance, she says, to see exactly what her demographic is - so far, the crowds that the band has drawn have been so diverse, it's been hard to tell.

"It's a really big mix at this point, and I'm curious to go on the road and see if I can make any sort of sense of it," Randazzo says. "People can be attracted to the music for a lot of reasons. We get a lot of college students, and people that are into the original compositions or the vocal aspect of it — I think a lot of musicians and instrumentalists can really be into it. And a decent amount of older people, too...we end up with a lot of adults who are, like, totally digging it."

With that in mind, it's easy to think that doing the jazz thing might actually be pretty fashionable, after all.


fabulous original music
Leah is an amazing talent. Having seen her perform in the Amherst area and now on the CD- I can't say which is better. I love an artist who sounds just as good on a recording as they do live and this CD sounds great. It's so refreshing to hear an amazing voice singing original material. I love it and Leah is amazing and as a fellow musician, she is an inspiration to me.

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Mature songwriting sensibility and the voice to back it up,
Looking at the cover of Leah Randazzo's At the Root, which pictures the petite Randazzo looking not a day over 17, I readied myself for some timid girl pop, or perhaps even some timid girl folk. But don't let her youthful visage deceive you. Leah Randazzo has a mature songwriting sensibility and the voice to back it up, as I discovered when the deep funk groove of "My Weapon" dropped and Randazzo began delivering lines like, "I got myself some bullets, and I got myself a gun/But I don't need to use it, my voice will make you run."

Her voice is indeed a potent weapon, equal parts jazz, blues and soul, and Randazzo has the chops to hang with upper-echelon singers in any of these genres. Her backing band is equally versatile, moving effortlessly between bombastic funk and self-assured jazz, refraining from overplaying and allowing Randazzo's voice to shine.

Adding to the album's appeal is the crisp and tasteful production of Michael Gregory. One of my favorite moments comes during the opening of "All I Need In You," when the instruments are mixed to sound like a dusty loop from an old funk LP before bursting into full, live sound. Another highlight is the album's sugary sweet closer, "Morning Song," which finds Randazzo's parents accompanying her on violin and cello.


Leah is really cranking out solid tracks these days.
This CD is a really nice mix of upbeat and relaxed songs that pull the listener through a variety of wonderful places. Some songs are very powerful, both musically and in the lyrics. Definately worth checking out!