Dave Leslie


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Dave Leslie and his band of adventurous musicians refuse to let themselves get pigeonholed into any particular stylistic fashion. Virtually all musical modes are fair game. For almost an hour, the listener is exposed to performances that create visions of faraway places brought to the mind's eye by Leslie's original compositions. "Khyberian Catfit" is a spinning dervish piece with multi-instrumentalist Mike Curtis' soprano sax creating images of a dancer snapping castanets as she spins across the floor in a small, smoky Middle Eastern café. "Komarno" has an exotic flair about it, as once more Curtis sets the pace, this time on tarogato, a wooden instrument that looks something like a clarinet and is found mostly in Turkey. Dave Captein's arco bass is featured on "Birdseed," along with the Curtis oboe. And so it goes for almost 60 minutes, the serving up of a United Nations potpourri that includes Celtic, Mexican, and Bulgarian music as well as a plea for ethnic tolerance with "Sarajevo." The musicians cope with this diversity with amazing ease and élan, giving the impression that they have been dipping into these musical pots for years. This album will bring considerable satisfaction to those who want to sample music from strange, wondrous, and fascinating sources.

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