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Peace for Beethoven: A Jazz of Beethoven Companion

This clever album mixes the infectious jazz style of Marcus’ trio with the motifs and masterpieces of Ludwig Van Beethoven. What you get is a uniquely creative album that is a joy to listen to!

Peace For Beethoven is actually a continuation of the trio’s The Jazz Of Beethoven album, which received rave reviews from both JAZZ TIMES and CADENCE magazines, as well as many appreciative audiences.
Pianist Lenny Marcus, bassist Rick Eckberg, and drummer Larry Scott are joined by Cuban percussionist Vladimir Espinosa to give their jazz take on some famous Beethoven classics, from respectful, to meditative, to just plain fun arrangements. Marcus also introduces some of his original compositions inspired by the great Master, such as Two Hundred Stars, Never A Stranger, and the title track of the album, Peace For Beethoven. This album yet again showcases the trio’s innovative jazz explorations into the classical realm.

 
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Tonk: A Tribute to Ray Bryant, Vol. 2

TONK, A Ray Bryant Tribute, follows Lenny Marcus Trio and Friends’ first tribute to Bryant called “SUN RAY,” which came out in April 2012 and quickly climbed up the top fifty jazz charts in the USA and Canada. SUN RAY made it all the way to #4 by June 2012 and was also listed #9 by JAZZ TIMES contributor Owen Cordle as one of the top jazz albums in 2012. Now, one year later comes TONK, another loving and joyous tribute to jazz master Bryant, Marcus’s piano teacher, mentor, and his Dad’s best friend. Bryant passed away in June 2011.

In TONK, pianist Lenny Marcus, bassist Rick Eckberg, and drummer Larry Scott are joined by saxophonist Tom Artwick and percussionist Vladimir Espinosa. The musicians explore more of Ray’s compositions such as Slow Freight, Tonk, Up Above the Rock, a new take on Cubano Chant, among others. TONK also features songs Bryant loved to play, such as the St. Louis Blues, C Jam Blues, and Old Devil Moon, and includes some Marcus originals, Blues Song For Ray, Break Tune in G, and Swamp Boogie. The Lenny Marcus Trio showcased TONK at Blues Alley in D.C. in January 2013 and “brought the house down” as Ray used to do at that same venue for decades. This album, in a word, swings!

 
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Sun Ray: A Tribute To Ray Bryant

“Sun Ray” is a tribute to one of my first piano teachers, my mentor, my friend, legendary jazz pianist Ray Bryant, who passed away in June, 2011. Actually, Ray was much more than that, he was part of my family, my Dad’s best friend. He used to laugh and call me his “nephew” as I ran around the house as a little kid, showing me how to play chords on the piano with both hands, and how to develop a strong powerful left hand to compliment the right. He showed me some of his unique jazz and blues changes, the way to thicken jazz chords to get that “Ray Bryant sound.” My Dad would say, “You know why Ray is great? It’s because whenever you hear him play, you know it’s HIM.”

I am delighted to dedicate this album to Ray Bryant, from his first song “Minor Trouble,” to “Gotta Travel On,” the famous “Cubano Chant,” and many others, mixed with some originals. “Sun Ray” was written for him and “Downside Up” is sort of a reverse melody of his famous “Threesome.” “Little Susie” is for both him and my Mom, whose name happens to be Suzie (she loved to joke that this song was written especially for her).

There will never be another pianist quite like Ray Bryant. “Sun Ray” is for him, and for all of us who will never forget his wonderful music. It’s blues. It’s jazz. It swings!

 
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Distant Dream

Distant dream is both moving and compelling; Marcus mixes modern jazz, blues, and funk, to a more meditative approach, interwoven with elements of latin, afro cuban & New Orleans rhythms. Wide ranging, soul fulfilling!

 
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The Jazz of Beethoven

This unique music brings many classical and jazz influences together in the setting of Beethoven masterpieces, with afro-cuban rhythyms, modal elements, Marcus' innovative interpretations, refreshing, original, and uplifting Jazz of Beethoven!

 
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Lenny Marcus and The Big Easy

Lenny Marcus hails from Wash, DC, studied piano from the legendary Ray Bryant, then worked for many years in New Orleans.
He played in three New Orleans' Jazz & Heritage Festivals, Barbados and Grenada Spice Jazz Festivals, studied with Alvin Batiste & Ellis Marsalis, performed and recorded with many stellar Louisiana musicians, and was the house pianist for Le Meridien Hotel across from the French Quarter. The Big Easy CD is an eclectic mix of jazz, blues, and funk, and blues shuffles.
This CD makes you want to dance on the street!

 
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Prometheus Blues

An eclectic mix of driving jazz, haunting melodies, afro-cuban and american jazz rhythms, New Orleans jazz and blues grooves, and refreshing original songs that have a sound all their own. JAZZ TIMES magazine calls this group's jazz style "infectious!"

 
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Comfort and Joy

This Holiday CD swings! Interweaving traditional holiday songs with Christmas Charlie Brown music and selected works of Beethoven, Marcus has created a musical mix that is pure "Comfort and Joy!" Sure to warm the heart all year long.

 
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Twilight Moods

An intriguing album, departing from Marcus' usual jazz mold and instead using an eclectic mixture of both classical and jazz influences to create this beautiful ambient "soundtrack" music, using acoustic grand piano, synths, flutes, bass, drums.

 
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In The Still of the Day

A beautiful, introspective solo piano album by jazz pianist Lenny Marcus. 19 total tracks, all original, save Harold Arlen's Somewhere over the Rainbow. An intriguing, soul-fulfilling, flowing solo piano CD that is sure to please.

 
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Trapped in a Good Life

"Trapped" will draw you in and not let you go! With the sweet sax of Artwick, plus Marcus' strong jazz piano style and playful vocals, backed up by great jazz bass/drums, this CD will have you listening over and over again. This is the good life trap!

 
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Winter's Spring

A compilation of some of Marcus's finest jazz compositions, brought to life by beautiful flute and lyrical sax, three fine jazz bassists, the sensitive drumming of L Scott, and Marcus' cool jazz piano style, plus vocal on Randy Newman's "Louisiana 1927."

 
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Waterdrops

Lenny Marcus's music has a jazz sound that is unique, a mixture of Vince Guaraldi meets early Keith Jarrett and McCoy Tyner, interweaving meditative, melodic compositions with high energy contemporary jazz.

 
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Deeper, Still

A moving, deeply meditative and moving performance, strong jazz compositions interwoven with acoustic guitar and flute; sounds like early Keith Jarrett.

 
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Jazz Time

Straight ahead jazz with a modern flavor

 
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In the Middle of the Night

A stellar group of jazz musicians featuring blues-jazz vocalist, Jane Powell backed up by The Lenny Marcus Trio and featuring a cameo appearance by the late, great, Charlie Byrd.

 
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Cathexis

A concentration of emotional energies; a group of musicians getting together to pool all of their talent, their energy, their drive, their humor, their personalities, into one big whirling "Cathexis."

 
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Jazz Tonight

This well-schooled and innovative jazz trio joins up with two very well established sidemen, Brian Lynch of the Phil Woods Quintet, and Chip McNeill of the Arturo Sandoval Band.

 
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Jazzaphrenia

The trio's fourth album featuers the two legendary saxophonists Frank Foster and Sonny Fortune. Many will remember Frank's seminal work arranging for, and playing with, the Count Basie Orchestra for many years.

 
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A Different Shade of Blue

The second album, features the magnificent guitar work of the late Charlie Byrd.

 
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Remember Infinity

The Trio's first album features the wonderful tenor sax of Chip McNeill. Chip is also an accomplished composer and arranger and was Musical Director and Producer for Maynard Ferguson for over six years.

 
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Bat in the Hat

All Marcus originals. Each is distinctive and has a mark of lasting quality. Debut album.

 
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Los Gatos

Afrocuban, latin jazz, and salsa Los Gatos is a group that plays Latin Jazz and traditional Latin music. The group is comprised of members from Cuba, Chile, Puerto Rico, Virginia, and New Orleans.

 
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