Pianist Laura Leon

Changing the Pace: Tangos, Samba and Pavanne

Steven Rosenhaus, Eric Ewazen, Astor Piazzolla, and Morton Gould--Seven Fantastic Pieces for Solo Piano Transformed!

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released 2003   Musical Tapestries Inc.

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A fantastic collection of seven Latin, jazz and blues piano pieces, composed by Eric Ewazen, Astor Piazzolla, Steven Rosenhaus and Morton Gould. Each of these works was originally composed as a solo piano work. Shifting from classically composed to a new context and perspective, Laura transformed them with arrangements in collaboration with Grammy award-winning tenor saxophonist Richie Cannata, Nicki Parrott on bass, Adam Snyder on drums and the internationally acclaimed Brazilian percussionist Cafe.  

Changing the Pace features Steven Rosenhaus' Laura's Dream and Two True Blues featuring Grammy award-winning alto saxophonist Richie Cannata, composed originally for the 2001 live performance multimedia work PRO.JECT at the Rosenthal-Jacobson Studio; Eric Ewazen's Gumbo Limbo from his A Suite from the Cloud Forest; and Morton Gould's toe-tapping, full-of-swing Pavanne--which has been adored since it first came on the music scene in 1938. Astor Piazzolla's Tango Ultimo takes the dance to a whole new level, does Rosenhaus with his sizzling Samba.

Imani Mosley's review of a performance Laura gave of Rosenhaus' Samba and Two True Blues  at Queens College's Lefrak Concert Hall stated:  "The piece was delightfully blissful, the first, light and airy and the second, soft and jazzy. It sounded perfect for a concert hall and yet it had the air of belonging somewhere else as well, like somewhere in the Village."

Laura Leon, piano with Richie Cannata, saxophone; Nicki Parrott, bass; Adam Snyder, drums; Cafe, percussion.

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