Leake, Jerry / Cubist: Prominence
Album: Cubist: Prominence   Collection:General
Artist:Leake, Jerry   Added:Jan 2013
Label:Rhombus Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2014-04-25 Pull Date: 2014-06-27
Week Ending: Jun 22 Jun 1 May 4
Airplays: 1 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Jun 21, 2014: Music Casserole
Free Freedom
3. May 03, 2014: Music Casserole
2. May 31, 2014: Music Casserole

Album Review
Reviewed 2014-03-29
Jazz/world songs in a western mold, heavy on the African influence. Polished vocals and peace-and-love lyrics are more "TV Family Special" than "college radio." Summertime grooving on the faster tracks; mellow and poppy on the slower ones.

It gets cheesy in places, but it has a lot of value for mainstream shows that mix styles. I do appreciate that the melodies follow winding jazz rhythms and not simple pop/R&B, and there's a lot going on with the percussion. (I'll have to check out Leake's other stuff, which is reviewed on Zookeeper as if it were a lot more... interesting.) No FCCs detected.

1- Upbeat, showtuney. A big group-grooving piece. A little embarrassing.
2- Mellow and elegant. Some nice violin and flute in the mix.
3- Mid/fast; upbeat and mellow; a touch of hippie mysticism (in a good way) and some rock guitar (in a trite way). Triplet feel is almost Celtic.
4- Nice groove w/flute, if you can avoid thinking about Christmas bells.
5- Nifty sounding chant, lots of percussion. Message of "go to school, stay out of gangs" is in the right place but comes across limp and naive.
6- Smooth R&B w/male+female vocs. Very smooth. Avoid.
7- Jazzy in a '70s way; mellow with a bit of edge and even some prog keyboarding. Honestly good.
8- Up/mellow, a nice bubbling rhythm and melody.
9- Catchy and honestly pretty pop song, but overdramatic.

Track Listing
1. Prominence   5. Middle Ground
2. My Love   6. Some Days
3. Why?   7. Free Freedom
4. Holiday   8. Sue
  9. Dear Dad