Become a member and get exclusive access to articles, live sessions and more!
Start Your Free Trial

This is the 1st of your 3 free articles

Become a member for unlimited website access and more.

FREE TRIAL Available!

Learn More

Already a member? Sign in to continue reading

Bradley Leighton: Just Doin’ Our Thang

JazzTimes may earn a small commission if you buy something using one of the retail links in our articles. JazzTimes does not accept money for any editorial recommendations. Read more about our policy here. Thanks for supporting JazzTimes.

On Bradley Leighton’s second album, Just Doin’ Our Thang, the flutist tackles tunes from points on the musical map as diverse as classic bebop, the Great American Songbook, the Henry Mancini oeuvre and the reflective R&B of Bill Withers. He’s backed by an estimable organ trio comprised of Hammond B3 player Rob Whitlock, drummer Duncan Moore and guitarist Bob Boss, Leighton blows on the alto flute for the entire project in an attempt, he says, to inject the music with a warmer and mellower sound than his Brazilian-tinged, 2003 debut, Groove Yard. Does it work? You betcha.

Whether playful on “Summertime” and “Sunny” or jazzy on Charlie Parker’s “Now’s the Time” and his own “Carefree,” the flutist keeps his focus on bop and tight musicianship. Familiar tunes like Bobby Womack’s “Breezin'” and Carlos Santana’s “Europa” get fresh makeovers, and originals like “Lazy Summer Days” show that Leighton can confidently mix in his own tunes with classics.