Leon Ware - Candlelight
An album recorded just last year by soul and jazz
vocal stylist Leon Ware is a trip down memory lane.
Eleven of the thirteen tracks here are jazz standards, the other
two are from the pen of Leon Ware himself.
Lovers of relaxing jazz
and soul should appreciate the simplicity of these arrangements, which
mostly feature just Ware’s voice and the piano and Fender Rhodes of
Don Grusin. Oscar Castro-Neves
acoustic guitar and Brian Bromberg’s acoustic bass are used sparingly
and are welcome additions.
A stunning example of the
choice of material on the disc is How
Insensitive, a Jobim tune treated very
respectfully. Don Grusin
sounds like Joe Sample to my ears on this song – I can’t pay a
This CD’s opening track
was used by Joe Sample as the title track of his own album of jazz
standards. Other tracks on
“Candlelight” include My Funny
Valentine and Misty.
My favourite cut here is Let
Go, one of the Ware-penned songs, latin-tinged,
sexy – more please!
A track-by-track analysis
of this album would be pointless – the clue is in the title.
Pour some wine, light some candles, get comfortable and press
“play”. Let the music
wash over you. Leon Ware
has a delicate voice, well suited to the light and shade in these songs.
You don’t hear style like this too often…
Reviewed by Chris Mann
Records XECD 30 – Produced and arranged by Don Grusin and Leon Ware