Danny Lerman's debut album Danny's
Island (1998) with guest-musicians like Fareed Haque, David Garfield
or Dave Valentin made waves in the smooth jazz market and reached the
top 20 on the Contemporary Jazz R&R chart. Since his last album
release, Lerman traveled and performed throughout the world, including
visits to Turkey, Israel, South Africa, Holland, Venezuela and Mexico.
After a long hiatus of 10 years Danny
returns with his sophomore album Meow Baby, scheduled for
release February 26th, 2008. The album title is taken from a line
uttered by Tootsie-Pop-actor Telly Savalas in an episode of Kojak. Danny
offers 15 (!) songs on his new album, 12 co-written by Danny, two
covers and the re-issue of You Take My Breath Away from his
first album as bonus track. This album is fully loaded with notorious
guest musicians such as Randy Brecker, Hubert Laws, Howard Hewett,
Paul Jackson Jr., Bobby Lyle, Munyungo Jackson and many more. Such a
quality is a recipe for success. Just spread the word.
Meow Baby opens the album with
Danny's thrilling sax melody. The tune is filled with Munyungo's
propelling percussion and a blasting horn arrangement of Keyle
Newmaster (trumpet) and Matt Franks (trombone).
If you ever need an expression of
relaxation, listen to Summer In A Hummer, the right remedy for
everybody under stress. Guitarist Ron DeJesus has the perfect answer
to Danny's sax. Ron has recently released the CD Grooove Vol.1
in cooperation with drummer Tal Bergman. Tal did most of the
arrangements, programming and the drum parts on Danny's album.
No Ordinary Love was originally
recorded by singer legend Sade for her fourth album Love Deluxe (2000). Sade
is still the ultimate icon of smooth jazz. Kenya Hathaway lends her
vocals to Danny's sultry contemporary version. She has the pure and
fresh voice to be a worthy successor on Sade's path.
Written by John Lennon and interpreted
by Howard Hewett the song Imagine combines two great
personalities. Hewett is one of the R&B singers who has the ability to
sing jazz, shown in the past on albums of George Duke and Stanley
Clarke. By the way Heads Up International recording artist Bobby Lyle
is performing on both covers the keys.
Danny's soothing soprano sax whispers
along The First Time, perfectly supported by Fred Kron on keys.
Currently Fred's music can be heard across the television airwaves
from FOX, CBS, and NBC, to CNN and everything in between.
The slow ballade No Words reveals the romantic side of Danny's
musical world. With South Beach Serenata Danny shows his
affinity for Latin sounds. Very authentic in the Latin sense the horn
section of Newmaster/Franks. The icing on the cake is flute
master Hubert Laws' brilliant performance.
Gotcha! sounds radio-like and
indeed this tune is burning the radio-stations from Nashville to Las
Vegas. David Benoit created his musical legend as composer of the
Peanuts themes. Danny adds his own accent with Snoopy's Dance.
Guitarist Tim Kobza plays a solo on
Saxsultan. He is an established Rock and Jazz artist, a studio
player and sideman, playing music all over the world, who not only
plays a wide variety of styles on guitar, but also produces, composes,
and is a part time instructor at USC.
Some flavor of Mozart can you smell on
Amadeus' Kiss. Christian Howes on violin initiates the homage
to Amadeus. Howes, originally from Columbus, Ohio, has garnered
international renown over the past 10 years while touring the Midwest
regularly, often featuring special guests such as Rez Abassi (NYC),
Federico Lechner (Madrid), D.D. Jackson, and others.
Don't GoGo There is featuring Randy Brecker on trumpet. Randy
uncompromisingly gives this tune a real contemporary jazz
authenticity. If Only is the smooth heartfelt counterpart.
The album finishes with You Take My
Breath Away as bonus track taken from his debut album Danny's
Island featuring the singer Danny Lerman. He reminds me of the young
With Meow Baby Danny Lerman will
establish his status as an accomplished sax player and composer in the
smooth jazz genre.
- Danny Lerman - Website
- Buy the album at
- Title: Meow Baby
Artist: Danny Lerman
Genre: Smooth Jazz
Label: Sugar Whiskey Records/EMI
01 Meow Baby [3:51]
02 Summer In A Hummer [3:43]
03 No Ordinary Love [4:39]
04 Imagine (Featuring Howard Hewett) [4:26]
05 The First Time [4:38]
06 No Words [3:39]
07 South Beach Serenata (Featuring Hubert Laws) [4:04]
08 Gotcha! [4:42]
09 Snoopy's Dance [4:07]
10 Saxsultan [3:50]
11 Amadeus' Kiss [4:18]
12 Don't GoGo There (Featuring Randy Brecker) [6:02]
13 Baby Goes To Market [4:07]
14 If Only [3:29]
15 You Take My Breath Away [4:33]