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Sun Ray Reviewed by Midwest Record Entertainment

How cool is this? Not only was Bryant an early Marcus piano teacher, Bryant was also Marcus’s father’s best friend. Any kid thinking about music would be a head case to throw away an opportunity like that. From having his songs on the Weather Channel to getting a chance to pay a heart felt tribute to the recently departed Bryant, Marcus doesn’t disappoint, and here he pulls out all the stops to make sure he gets his point across. A delightfully infectious date that does a fine job of keeping the memory alive, any Bryant fan owes it to himself to listen to this next to the originals. Everyone else owes it to themselves to check it out. Hot stuff.

Distant Dream Reviewed by Midwest Record Entertainment

In which we find Marcus marking his territory as the jazzbo with the sense of humor, whether making word play with the titles or jazz play with the music. You get the feeling he played a lot of the original Ramsey Lewis Trio, when he was a kid and wasn’t listening to Ray Bryant. Not a retro record, but with a lot of echoes of the 60s era on board, you’ll hear Lewis, Bryant, Hancock and all the rest that were making clear marks in the days before Miles went nuts and turned contemporary jazz on it’s head. Anyone in their 40s or 50s will know and relate to how groovy these sounds are. Now that the new season of “Mad Men” has turned everyone on to Now Sound, it’s time to you to turn to guides like this to show you what you’ve been missing in your quest for uber cool.

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Cadence Magazine Reviews “The Jazz of Beethoven”

“Jazzing the Classics” is anything but new. Jazz versions of Classical pieces have been around since the early part of the twentieth century. Such folks as Art Tatum, the Dorsey brothers, Glenn Miller, Woody Herman, the Modern Jazz Quartet, and Wayne Shorter, to name just a few, have per- formed their own arrangements of well-known Classical compositions. And the Jazz pianist Jacques Loussier was famous for his interpreta- tions of Bach, Debussy, and others. Some of those previous efforts were serious and some were light- hearted. Lenny Marcus’s The Jazz of Beethoven is serious without being somber.

 

Marcus is a fine pianist with numerous CDs to his credit. With a conventional piano trio aug-mented by a percussionist, Marcus treats some of Beethoven’s most famous works with respect while clothing them in clever arrangements and utilizing them as vehicles for personal improvisa- tion. In doing so, he might add a Latin underpin- ning, as he does to “Waldstein Two,” which also alludes to a phrase in Dizzy Gillespie’s “Manteca.” Or perform “Für Elise” in 5/4, in the manner of Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five.” Or give “Ode to Joy” a bluesy, earthy groove with a strong backbeat.
All of this works because Beethoven’s original melodies are tuneful and lend themselves to these kinds of treatments and because the arrange- ments are intelligent and well-executed. The trio’s performances, including Marcus’s improvisations on the Beethoven material, would be judged excellent regardless of context.

 

David Franklin

JazzTimes Reviews “The Jazz of Beethoven”

JazzTimes has posted a review of my CD, “The Jazz of Beethoven.” Thanks to all the musicians and engineers involved in helping make this album.

“If classical music can be criticized for something, is for the relegation of rhythm in favor of the development of melodic and harmonic sophistication. It is precisely the rhythmic complexity that comes from Africa, found in jazz and afro caribbean music, their greatest advantage of these music forms over classical music.”

You can read the rest of the review by clicking here.

An Interview with All About Jazz

Hello friends,

AllAbout Jazz just posted a nice interview with yours truly. You can check it out at All About Jazz.

Thanks for listening,

Lenny

 

Check out the Onesheet for Lenny Marcus!

A Onesheet is a simple web presence containing music, photos, videos, concert dates, Tweets, Facebook posts, and more for Lenny Marcus.

Pandora’s Box

You can now find the Lenny Marcus Trio on Pandora.com.

Go check it out!

New Dates Added, New Music In The Works

Just as the title suggests. There are more dates added to the show list. There are a few album projects in the works. I will release more details as they become available.

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Site Refreshed

My website has been updated with a slight redesign. The Show page now has the ability to be subscribed to. There is also a new navigation bar in the top right hand corner.

Take a look around and tell me what you think.

I will be adding more performance dates soon. Keep checking back!

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And we’re back

The site is up and running. You should be able to find everything you need. We have made a few minor upgrades. Please contact me via the contact page if you see something that is missing from the site.

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