Artist: Leon Thomas
Album: Full Circle
Genre: Vocal Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz, Soul
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps
01. Sweet Little Angel
02. Just in Time to See the Sun
03. It’s My Life I’m Fighting for
04. Never Let Me Go
05. I Wanna Be Where You Are
06. Got to Be There
07. Balance of Life (Peace of Mind)
08. You Are the Sunshine of My Life
09. What Are We Gonna Do?
Another offering from the man who yodeled his way into listeners’ hearts on Pharoah Sanders’ “The Creator Has a Master Plan,” this is sure to please fans in search of more. Let the pimped-out picture on the front cover serve as a warning, though. There are not a lot of jazz fireworks here. This is not a record where Thomas’ unusual style is matched by equally creative musicians who push and prod him to ecstatic heights; rather, this is a fairly straight-ahead pop and soul offering. The best moments on the record are those that stick to that groove, like the cover of “You Are the Sunshine of My Life,” a simple song whose frame allows Thomas to kick free of this earth and roar into the stratosphere. On other, more technically demanding tunes, Thomas sounds a little bored, and dare it be said, average.
Review by Rob Ferrier