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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.

New Review from the Newsobserver

We have another review from the Newsobserver.

Check it out here.

 

Cadence Magazine Reviews – Thanks to David Franklin

It’s a great review and I’m thankful. You can read it here.

Lenny Marcus Trio’s “Sun Ray” Is Climbing the Charts

Woo hoo, my Sun Ray- A Tribute To Ray Bryant CD is ranked #4 for NATIONAL Jazz radio airplay in the RMR Roots Music Report this week!! Not bad for jazz from Roanoke VA!

More Reviews of Sun Ray

You can check out the review here and here. Thanks to ZZaj Productions and audaud.com for the love.

Distant Dream Review by Rotcod Zzaj

Folks, it just doesn’t get much mo’ down & phonk-y than this… you’ll be hooked (as was I) from the opening bar of “Seven Ate Nine” right to the last note of “Ode To The Night“… 16 tracks that will have you in jazz heaven (somethin’ to do with dreams, maybe?) perpetually!  Lenny’s keyboards are joined by a whole host of “on” players, & the recording is superbly done.  The sax work (Tom Artwick) on the opening to “Five Little Stars” serves as a perfect opening for each of the other players to show their jazz skills… simple, yet beautiful jazz that you won’t soon forget.  My personal favorite tune was “Happy Blues For Two“… this is an all-round jazz journey that gets a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED from me, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.97.  Get more information at Lenny’s site.

THIS IS BOOK’S MUSIC Review of Sun Ray

Sun Ray: A Tribute To Ray Bryant (self-released) is an album that shows the utmost respect for jazz, a musician, and a friend. The album by the Lenny Marcus Trio (Marcus on piano, Larry Scott on drums, and Rick Eckberg on bass) is the kind of diversity and jazz you come to love, expect, and respect from albums released throughout the 1960?s, where you’ll hear a bit of be-bop, something traditional, a bit of Brasilia with a dash into bossa nova, and a ballad or two, and the playing here is very exquisite. Everyone on this album stands out, but when Marcus gets into a mean solo, as he does in “Cubano Chant”, you can not only hear hints of what Marcus taught up, but Marcus offering acknowledgment to his mentor. It gets quite deep when you hear one of three Marcus originals, the title track that might make a few hip-hop producers go “oh!, I want to use that”. Not without permission, of course. Impressive album from start to finish.

See the review in person here.

All Albums Now Available on Bandcamp.com

You can now download all my albums at Bandcamp.com. What is great about Bandcamp is that you can download my albums in high quality formats such as 320k MP3, FLAC, WAV and more. Check out my new releases as well as my entire back catalog. There are about twenty albums that you can sample and download.

Thanks for listening.