Jan Leder

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Track Listing
1. Bird of Beauty
2. Nonchalant
3. Do Ti
4. In Between The Streets
5. Bebop Papi
6. Little Boy
7. Survival of the Flutist
8. If You Could Only Know
9. Afternoon in Paris
10. Conclusion Jump

Detailed Description / Musicians
Jan Leder - Flute
Angela DeNiro - vocals
Mary Foster Conkin - vocals
Cleve Douglass - vocals
Mark McCarron - guitar
Jon Davis - piano
Sean Smith - bass
Art Lillard - drums
Daniel Moreno - percussion

Nonchalant is Jan Leder's second album as leader (the first was released by the now defunct Monad Records in 1995). The title aptly describes this session -- relaxed and tasteful, featuring a varied playlist comprised mostly of Leder originals. The session kicks off with a seven-plus-minute exploration of Stevie Wonder's "Bird of Beauty." More often than not, crossover material is put on jazz albums to encourage radio play. This is not the case here, as Wonder's tune is given a very jazzy treatment. Leder's compositional skills are formidable, not constrained by a narrow stylistic approach. The cleverly worded "Inbetween the Streets" features a Latin beat behind Cleve Douglass' vocal. The very good Angela DeNiro takes on "Little Boy" as a ballad, done in a medium tempo, with purposeful lyrics; Leder's flute and Mark McCarron's guitar are prominent on this cut. The bossa nova "Survival of the Flutist" is a vehicle for Leder's flute, again with McCarron's guitar very evident. "Bebop Papi" is straight out of the pre-avant-garde flute style of Eric Dolphy. John Lewis' "Afternoon in Paris" recalls Milt Jackson's recorded version, with Leder's flute playing Jackson's vibes. The session ends, appropriately, with Leder's "Conclusion Jump," a freewheeling, upbeat piece featuring Mary Foster Conklin on vocals. Leder has gathered a sterling cast of musicians for this session. In addition to the vocal contributions of DeNiro, Conklin, and the Nat King Cole-like voice of Cleve Douglass, the combined rhythm of Jon Davis, Art Lillard, and Sean Smith keeps a steady, strong beat. There is nothing heavy on this album, which makes it a fun time for the performers and the listeners.

--Dave Nathan
All Music Guide

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Website: http://www.janleder.info

Jan Leder is a born-and-raised New Yorker. After six years of piano and six years of classical flute study, she discovered her love for improvisation. She studied for three years with the late pianist Lennie Tristano and then continued her jazz studies with pianist Connie Crothers for over ten years. A self-styled course of study in jazz history at SUNY Purchase led to her compilation of the first comprehensive history of women in jazz entitled Women in Jazz: A Discography of Instrumentalists (Greenwood Press 1985). Ms. Leder has also enjoyed teaching jazz improvisation.

In 1999 Jan recorded Nonchalant (A-Records), a collection of mostly original melodies. The title tune was aired on CBS' "Guiding Light" in December 1999. In February 1997 Monad Records released her first CD, Passage To Freedom, which she also produced, and which features two original tunes; the title tune as well as "Lullaby for Jayda." Both CDs have received excellent reviews.

Ms. Leder leads her own jazz ensembles in the New York City area, appearing at nightclubs, festivals, cultural functions and other public and private engagements. Her repertoire includes bebop, swing, blues, bossa nova and her own unique jazz compositions. In July 2003 her group performed at the Greater Hartford Jazz Festival as the opening act for jazz greats Sonny Fortune and Chuck Loeb. In 2001 she was a featured performer at the Coleman Hawkins Neighborhood Festival in Topeka, KS.

Jan is also a member of an exciting group of jazz flutists called the NY Jazz Flutet. Fellow futists Dotti Anita Taylor, Elise Wood and Chip Shelton are joined by drummer Art Lillard in this unique ensemble featuring a wide array of standards as well as original songs and arrangements by all the members, played on a variety of flutes.

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