Marlene Dietrich, Dusty Springfield and Britney Spears are among the stars jazz pianist Leon Cohen has worked with in his many decades in the music industry.
So when he tells me 'I wish I could play the piano as well as you can sing', I am in no danger of believing this, but even to work with an accompanist of his calibre raises my game and my confidence to a level I never thought possible.
This collection of jazz standards has largely been unearthed for me by Leon, of songs very little sung nowadays. We aim to change all that!
Below are audio examples of these fine songs which were recorded at Red Gables Recording studio in Autumn 2010. We plan another recording session this year to complete the album. In the meantime you can have a listen.
'He Needs Me' is by the great American songwriter Arthur Hamilton, who also wrote 'Cry Me A River'. It is a mystery why such a powerful song should have slipped below the radar.
Just Squeeze Me and Tulip or Turnip are very early Duke Ellington songs, and both are a lot of fun.
Listen to the intricate beauty with which this fine pianist showcases every note I sing of 'My Romance'