Jan Leder: Nonchalant

On her second CD, classically trained New York flutist Jan Leder displays potent jazz feeling and an instinctive knack for writing fetching originals (some with lyrics) that elicit the best from her musicians. Pianist Jon Davis, guitarist Mark McCarron, bassist Sean Smith, drummer Art Lillard, three guest vocalists and a percussionist rise superbly to collective and individual challenges. Leder’s style is natural, loose and flowing and her all-embracing musical approach radiates throughout this appealing mixture of 10 Latin, blues, swing, bop and other tunes.