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CD Review: Lenny Marcus - The Jazz of Beethoven

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.

Like the title suggest, Lenny Marcus album The Jazz of Beethoven, blends classical music with jazz. But Lenny Marcus music do not stop there. Marcus also integrates the latin element to the mix, creating a sound compounded of the melodic and harmonic elegance of classical music and the rhythmic density and richness of jazz and latin american music.

Beethoven surely would enjoy the bluesy version of "Ode to Joy", the latin jazz elements of "Waldstein Two", and "Pastoral", the Brubeck-like arrangements of "Fur Elise" and "Ecossaise Seven", and the Jazz Waltz version of "Moonlight Sonata".

Waldstein One, Waldstein Two, Ode to Joy, Fur Elise, Ecossaise Seven, Pastoral, Moonlight Sonata, Second Moon, Third Moon, The Jazz of Beethoven, Sonata Pathetique, Second Path, Third Path, Beethoven Blues Walk, Twenty

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