Something spiritual seems to escape from the body of a flute as it exercises the ability to send jazz out into the atmosphere. Almost hypnotic by nature, the sound seems to bring balance to even those more complex situations in our lives. That is what Bradley Leighton does and very well I might add, with his new release Groove Yard from Pacific Coast Jazz. It is all is so very good when in spin!
Debuting as a leader, Mr. Leighton retained the services of fine artists to exhibit this new offering. Bassist Bob Magnusson is a powerful force throughout the mix. Guitarist Jaime Valle is exquisite, more notably in "Groove Yard", the title cut. Among others who all deserve equal mention are Duncan Moore (drums), Allan Phillips (Percussion), and Mike Wofford (Piano) whose ivory work is just outstanding. This friends is classic jazz, pure and without significant flaw.
"Fotografia" is without question a wonderful template for any student of flute precision via Leighton. Rich tones follow each segment of the composition always keeping within the structure of the piece.
The moody piece "Bahia" is a welcome cut to the offering. Brazilian attitude with a flair for digression is what allows this piece its strength. The keyboard/piano mix is a finely executed touch along with the varied sound transitions. Key to this piece is also the bass of Magnuson, listen and educate your mind.
Groove Yard is what all leaders hope to open with. It is such a fresh and relaxing listen of numerous flavors. Open your musical encounters if you will to Mr. Leighton.