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Second Set Is Out Today!

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New album is out today. Click on the photo to order it from CDBaby.com.

Number Five! Number Five!

TONK placed in at number five in the Jazz Time’s Top 50 Albums of 2013.

http://jazztimes.com/articles/117030-jazztimes-top-50-cds-individual-ballots

Cadence Magazine Reviews Tonk

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Interview on GLT Jazz Next

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Thanks to GLT Jazz Next and Jon Norton.

Review of Tonk by George Fendal

Jazz Society of Oregon

LM-TONK-2PINSERTTonk – A Tribute To Ray Bryant, Vol. 2; Lenny Marcus, piano, flute, vocals.?Ray Bryant had a certain open, bluesy sound with chords seemingly from heaven. It turns out that Bryant, who passed away in 2011, was Lenny Marcus’s teacher and mentor and a best friend of Marcus Sr. So it’s entirely sensible that Marcus should follow his earlier RB tribute with Volume 2. His basic trio of Rick Eckberg, bass, and Larry Scott, drums, is augmented here and there with additional instrumentation. And Marcus keeps these proceedings squarely in Bryant’s corner with a very bluesy orientation and a swinging menu from the first notes. How could he do otherwise on a tribute to this great Philly giant? There are 16 tunes in all, ranging from evergreens such as “C Jam Blues,” “Old Devil Moon,” and “St. Louis Blues,” to Bryant blues specials such as “Slow Freight,” “Up Above the Rock,” “Break Tune in G,” and two of Ray’s best, “Blues #2 and #3.” These — and all the others on this disc — remind us of the individuality, the fresh and invigorating vitality, and the reliably joyful sound that was, plain and simply, in the DNA of Ray Bryant.?Self-Produced; 2013; appx. 58 minutes.

Climbing the Charts

LM-TONK-2PINSERT Next Week’s JazzWeek Chart:
#7 – Cory Weeds/Bill Coon Quartet “With Benefits” (Cellar Live) – so far reached Top 5, charting 8 weeks & counting
#36 – Lenny Marcus Trio “TONK: A Tribute to Ray Bryant, Vol. 2″ – DEBUT
#39 – Craig Wuepper “Leaps and Bounds” (Cellar Live) – charting 5 weeks & counting
BIGGEST GAINERS:
Lisa Kirchner “Umbrellas in Mint” (Verdant World Records)
Lenny Marcus “TONK: A Tribute to Ray Bryant, Vol. 2″

New Tonk Review from The Valley Blend

Thanks Sean Bera for the kind words.

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New Reviews for Tonk and Peace for Beethoven

LENNY MARCUS TRIO/Peace for Beethoven:  Simply put, Marcus has a gift for invention.  Sounding nothing like the jazz into classical records of the 50s, this second outing where Marcus faces off against Beethoven and brings out the jazz  is a mind blower.  Sounding nothing at all like something that’s good for you, if you’re a classical music tourist, your almost won’t recognize these melodies as springing from the classics, Beethoven or otherwise.  First class all the way, it tastes good and it’s good for you.  A winner throughout, this is music you want around for when you are looking for a groove that takes you someplace else.  Well done.
Chris Spector – Midwest Record - www.midwestrecord.com 

LENNY MARCUS TRIO/Tonk-A Tribute to Ray Bryant V. 2:  One of the unexpected treats of last year’s mail bag was Marcus’ tribute to his late piano teacher, Ray Bryant.  Expected or not, this follow up where he once again explores Bryant’s many high spots is another treat.  Played with the sincerity and passion that can only come from being a student, friend and ‘nephew’, Marcus pours that something extra into this set that’s loaded with so much soul, funk and joy that it’s the kind of stuff that brings the house down.  With everybody cooking and swinging their way through the program, this is the kind of set that sets the standard for anything to come.  Killer stuff throughout.
Chris Spector – Midwest Record - www.midwestrecord.com

Also some reviews available at This is Book’s Music.

Thanks from LMT

The LENNY MARCUS TRIO just finished their Winter Tour January 2013!  at Blues Alley (sold out first show), Germano’s in Baltimore, 49 West in Annapolis (sold out and standing ovation), Ginger Cove (fancy retirement community in Annapolis – standing ovation) and Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis (standing ovation).  The group has already been asked back in this area in late October, 2013 for a FALL TOUR at the request of these venues! And more!

New Shows for the Fall:

We have already been rebooked at Blues Alley (10/23) for a Ray Bryant Tribute show, An die Musik in Baltimore (10/19), Ginger Cove (10/25), Jazz at O’Callaghan’s Annapolis Hotel (10/26) and the UU Church of Annapolis (10.27). The Mainstay (10/18) in Rock Hall MD on the Eastern Shore has also requested the trio to showcase their Jazz Of Beethoven arrangements.
Stay tuned for more to come!

Upcoming Winter Tour

The Lenny Marcus Trio is happy to announce that we will be touring in January 2013. Some of the dates should be listed below.