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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 22Jun 1May 4

 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