Archive for June 1st, 2010

Lelah Simon – Third Week of April

Lelah Simon was recently noted for her performance with The Dominant 7 on Fourteen Channels, a release featuring two ensembles of students and alums from the Colorado Conservatory of Jazz. A Denver-based bassist, Simon studied at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.

Third Week of April is Simon’s nod toward one of two times of year when New York weather is perfect. Her band is comprised of Paul Romaine on drums; Chris Mosley on acoustic and electric guitars, and vocals on “151”; Carmen Sandim on keyboards; Danny Mayer on tenor sax; and Julia Brochey, vocals on “Others’ Eyes.”

The electric bass opens “To Be Oblique,” underscored by subtle cymbals and keyboards work. After the introduction, the soft tenor and electric guitar take the lead. The music conjures a scene of a city park, with a gentle breeze blowing the newly sprouted leaves and a few tweeting birds. Mosley’s middle solo is freely expressive.

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