Rupert Leighton is a 21-year-old U.K. pianist whose full beard makes him appear much older. He’s been playing music for nine years and released his first CD at age 18. He composes, produces, arranges and, of course, performs most all of the music on his second CD. Taken as a whole and with a cynical eye, Leighton’s muse-a mix of jazz, electronica, dance, new age and nu-groove-seems like the kind of CD only someone so young and on an indie label could make. But Leighton’s fresh and compelling compositions speak to an auteur confident about his place and subsequently demand a listen.
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