Jay Leonhart

Sensitive to the Touch: The Music of Harold Arlen

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Ignore the cheesy art on the cover and the odd label "Easy Listening, Lite Jazz;" this swinging quartet session featuring the music of Harold Arlen is worth checking out. Bassist Jay Leonhart is the leader, with Ken Peplowski on clarinet and tenor sax, Ted Rosenthal on piano and drummer Grady Tate, who adds a nice vocal to "Ill Wind." No credit is given for the superb fresh arrangements, especially the humorous snappy "Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead," a sly waltzing "If I Only Had A Brain," and a bluesy "Accentuate The Positive." Recommended.

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