Leon Neal – We Dance at Midnight (2017)

Leon Neal - We Dance at Midnight (2017)
Artist: Leon Neal
Album: We Dance at Midnight
Genre: Smooth Jazz
Origin: USA
Released: 2017
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps
Tracklist:
For the Love of You
Bounce
Jazzmen
We Dance at Midnight
I Can’t Help It
One of a Kind
In the Month of May
Spain
Sweet Melody
Some People Say

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‘We Dance At Midnight’ is the totally delightful new release from contemporary jazz guitarist Leon Neal. Out now on NealSight Records it is a splendid collection of groove drenched originals spliced tastily with several well chosen covers, the most notable of which are a picture perfect rendition of the Isley Brothers smash ‘For The Love Of You’ and an intense re-imagining of Chick Corea’s seminal ‘Spain’.

Elsewhere the smooth jazz friendly ‘Jazzmen’ has a tranquility that is precious and much the same can be said of ‘I Can’t Help It’ that proves to be extremely easy on the ear. In fact ‘We Dance At Midnight’ could easily be described as an antidote for the stressful world in which many of us now live and a case in point is ‘Some People Say’ which has the ability to lift the spirits. The deliciously mellow ‘Sweet Melody’ is another tender track of the highest order and although the title cut glides as would light on water it is the edgy ‘One Of A Kind’ that reveals a different aspect of Neal’s musical persona.

Later, ‘In The Month Of May’ turns out to be a mid tempo slice of retro contemporary jazz of the kind that long time aficionados still long for yet all things considered the Smooth Jazz Therapy top tune is the wonderful ‘Bounce’. This triumph of rhythm and melody checks all the right boxes and should serve as a glittering showcase for this sparkling body of work.