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Michael Leonhart: Slow

For an album of trumpet and guitar duets, Slow possesses an extremely rich sound. Granted, some of the songs are fleshed out by overdubbed guitars and some lead and background vocals, but Michael Leonhart’s arrangements and choice of material give the album its sonic depth.

Leonhart has played trumpet in situations ranging from straightahead jazz to pop, including stints with Joshua Redman and Brad Mehldau and recordings with James Brown, David Byrne and rappers A Tribe Called Quest. His two previous releases consisted of original jazz tunes with a pianoless quartet and an imaginary film soundtrack performed by a large ensemble. All of this is significant because it seems to have given Leonhart an acute sense of how melody and accompaniment should intersect.

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