Leon Ayers Jr. - Compilations


It's the task of a reviewer to cast the light on albums which are unknown whatever are the reasons. Leon Ayers Jr. 's album "Compilations" deserves a review because of its well-rounded fantastic mood. 

Leon Ayers Jr. is a master of keyboards as shown up on the introducing 2300 Commercial Suite. He has a good feeling for perfect arrangements. Although this is a self-made one-man album, the professionalism is undoubted.

The smart voice of Connie O'Steen-Evans is the icing of the top on Whisper Over The Rain. The song presents a superb combination between piano and keyboards.

On Sleepless Dreams Leon reveals his mastership in slow gentle phrases. The lead melody is performed on piano framed by strings and essences of keyboards.

Leon's piano play on Bonnie In The Forest is subtle and captious.

More romantic mood is audible on Sentiments of Valencia. Instead of a helter-skelter which is produced by many drum programming one can hear Tom Rice's live percussion with bell-tree, triangle and wood sticks. A tenor sax would nicely harmonize to this arrangement.

Miracle is featuring anew Connie O'Steen-Evans' warm vocals. Leon's performance, the arrangement, the choice of instrumental accompaniment on keyboards, there is nothing to criticize, just perfect.

Jhada is a word of the Sanskrit. It's also the name for a fantasy figure and a person of the Indian religion. Jhada is a secret, draped in the nebula of time.  Leon's musical interpretation is the nucleus of this mystification.

Connie O'Steen-Evans and Leon Ayers Jr. are anew the ideal combination on Never Let Go. I also know to appreciate the rhythm part. 

You will not find Satahooville on any street map but only in the musical imagination of Leon Ayers, the wizard of keys.

The hip hop rhythm background is recognizable on Queen of Kings. Although I like the keyboard sounds they hardly can replace a good brass arrangement. Leon did the best out of it. Funky!

A little New Age is to find on Tears of the Wind. A romantic piano melody accompanied by pizzicato tones.

Tom Rice and Leon's collaboration find its summit on Mystery Woman. A dark painted brawl of keys and rhythm.

Leon Ayers Jr. 's album is highly recommendable. A must for all collectors of Smooth Jazz. 

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