Rupert Leighton is a young genius. The U.K. born musician had
already released his debut album Beyond Reflection by 18. In
May 2006 he released his second album Take The Sidewalk. "I
think the new album is definitely more mature and structured. I've
learnt a lot over the past year which I've been able to put into this
CD, both musically and production wise," comments Rupert. Influenced
by musicians as St. Germain, Herbie Hancock, Prince and Sting Rupert
creates a modern style at the boundary line of smooth jazz and chill
The title of the starting track Amuse-Bouche was taken from the
world of haut cuisine. Rupert combines the ease of contemporary music
with the finesse of jazz. In this packet also appears Graham Hutton on
flugelhorn. But mostly fascinates the brilliance of Rupert's jazzy
piano play. Amuse-Bouche is not only entrance but certainly highlight
of this astonishing album.
My Sahara demonstrates that
Rupert is a never-failing fountain of new musical ideas. Speediness and
melody find a new home in his creation. His eagerness to experiment is
refreshing and makes his style vivid.
With the melodious Take The
Sidewalk we dive deeper into Rupert's ocean of electronic sounds.
Although structured the title track offers much surprise attacks.
Vanity is a dance floor
creation with flute and reverb effects on synth sound.
City Heat reminds me at the
style of Soul Ballet. A very appealing piano melody line. But Rupert's
devilish mood is ready to get up to all sorts of pranks. From 3:00
starts the curious bridge after the smooth line.
The up-tempo Calahorra Dance
mixes furious piano rides with various rhythm samples.
We listen to Graham Hutton in a short intermezzo.
Don't await much Jazz in Jazz
Chat. Anyway Rupert's performance is easy and impressible.
oombalaQuako is Rupert's
unique word creation and danceable excursion in the world of
Pure joy of jazz is to hear in
Drift Along. Starting as solo piano, upright bass and drums
are joining to a dense club jazz.
Solstice Illusion is
featuring Nigel Ellis (soprano sax) . Nigel Ellis plays the saxes,
clarinets and the flute and has performed with many orchestras
including the London Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Philharmonic
Orchestra and The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also
member of the group Suspiciously Elvis. This tune has a vibrant
retro feeling with its synth bass and the Rhodes Piano sound.
The final tune We Need To Talk
presents Rupert Leighton's vocal talent. Bluesy vocals and incredible
synth gimmicks make this tune to a worthy keepsake.
Rupert Leighton's sophomore project
opens new perspectives in contemporary jazz. Intelligent arrangements
and consistent conversion of ideas, talent and acquired mastership
make this album to something special in the music world.
- Rupert Leighton - Website
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- Title: Take The Sidewalk
Artist: Rupert Leighton
Genre: Smooth Jazz
01 Amuse-Bouche [4:47]
02 My Sahara [4:54]
03 Take The Sidewalk [5:37]
04 Vanity [3:49]
05 City Heat [5:58]
06 Calahorra Dance [5:19]
07 Jazz Chat [3:52]
08 oombalaQuako [2:55]
09 Drift Along [4:53]
10 Solstice Illusion [4:15]
11 We Need To Talk [7:04]