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Lenny White Live

Lenny White Live

Lenny White

Label: Challenge Records
Format: CD
Barcode: 0608917337327
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Catalog number: CR 73373
Releasedate: 01-04-13
The chemistry of the band is apparent from jump, and the level of interplay remains extremely high throughout the night, resulting in some inspired solo flights by these formidable improvisers. In the best tradition of jazz, the magic happens in the moment on Lenny White Live.
  • Lenny White is one of the top American Jazz fusion drummers
  • Lenny White Live is a document of a legendary tour of Japan in 1997
  • This all-star line up shows remarkeable chemistry on a set of originals that fuses the essence of funk, jazz, rock and soul into an organic whole
  • This dynamic 1997 performance comes on the heels of two highly successful studio albums: White's 1995's Present Tense and 1996's Renderers of Spirit
  • Lenny's versatility, lead to collaborations with Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Gato Barbieri, Gil Evans, Stan Getz, Jaco Pastorius, Herbie Hancock, Carlos Santana, Big Daddy Kane and LL Cool J
Drumming Great Lenny White Dips Into the Archives with “Lenny White Live” - One memorable night in Japan.

Grammy Award-winning artist Lenny White, an influential drummer and longtime member of the fusion supergroup Return To Forever as well as a prolific producer, has delved deep into his own past and come up with another gem in Lenny White Live. A document of a tour of Japan in 1997, this powerful funk-fusion outing features an all-star lineup including fellow Miles Davis alumnus Foley on lead bass along with former Weather Reporter Victor Bailey on low-end bass, former Herbie Hancock Headhunters saxophonist Bennie Maupin, the late trumpeter-vocalist Mark Ledford, pianist Patrice Rushen and Lenny’s former Twenty-nine band mate Donald Blackman on synths. Together they show remarkable chemistry on a set of originals that fuses the essence of funk, jazz, rock and soul into an organic whole. This dynamic 1997 performance comes on the heels of two highly successful studio albums – White’s 1995’s Present Tense and 1996’s Renderers of Spirit.

The set kicks off with the soulful groover “Whew! What a Dream,” which is fueled by Bailey’s infectious slap bass lines and his indelible hookup with the leader’s solid backbeat. With some subtle allusions to the J.B. Horns in the riff department, this funky opener also features a potent piano solo by Rushen, who engages in some spirited exchanges with Maupin before White erupts into a whirlwind drum solo at the tag. The 20-minute tour de force, “East St. Louis” (a powerful tune from Present Tense), features Ledford on some tasty muted trumpet and is highlighted by a blistering tenor solo from Maupin, followed by another dynamic White drum solo and a distortion-laced lead bass solo from Foley. Bailey’s catchy “Pickpocket” (from Renderers of Spirit) features more tasty muted trumpet work from Ledford, who also turns in some evocative wordless vocals in tandem with Maupin’s soprano sax. White’s mysterious piece “Dark” (also from Renderers of Spirit) shifts from atmospheric synths and lyrical flugelhorn to a slamming B section that showcases Foley’s Hendrixian flights on his distortion-laced lead bass. White’s “Wolfbane” (from Present Tense) opens with a Middle Eastern-sounding motif in the horns before giving way to a turbulent tenor solo by Maupin, a prodigious piano solo by Rushen and a powerhouse Led Zeppelin-inspired throw down on the kit by White. The live outing closes with an alternate take on the opener, “Whew! What a Dream,” creating a pair of funky bookends for this one memorable night from 15 years ago. The chemistry of the band is apparent from jump, and the level of interplay remains extremely high throughout the night, resulting in some inspired solo flights by these formidable improvisers. In the best tradition of jazz, the magic happens in the moment on Lenny White Live.
Lenny White
As one of the founding fathers of the musical movement known as ''fusion,'' Lenny White earned a worldwide reputation as the drummer in the super group Return to Forever.

Lenny's legendary work with RTF, although important in the history of jazz, hardly represents the entirety of his musical contributions. A teenager in 1967, Jackie McLean asked him to join his band and within a year, he had played on two of the most important "fusion" records ever made, Miles Davis' "Bitches Brew" and Freddie Hubbard's "Red Clay".

After Return to Forever 's split in 1976, Lenny, recorded three critically acclaimed jazz rock records of his own, Venusian Summer, Big City and The Adventures Of Astral Pirates. His late '70s recordings, Best of Friends and Twennynine, are often cited as outstanding examples of a new transitional sound made famous by friends Earth, Wind and Fire.

Lenny's versatility, lead to collaborations with Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Gato Barbieri, Gil Evans, Stan Getz, Jaco Pastorius, Herbie Hancock, Carlos Santana, Big Daddy Kane and LL Cool J.
In the early 1980's, he teamed with Chick and Stanley again, and he produced, The Griffith Park Collection and the Grammy-nominated Echoes of an Era with vocalist Chaka Khan. Het wrote music for Spike Lee's "School Daze" and along with Marcus Miller, scored the soundtrack to the Huddlin brothers' movie "House Party".

To complete Lenny's living-legend drum circle, he joined Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, and Al Di Meola for the 30-year-in-the-making, successful Return to Forever Reunion World Tour, summer of 2008, then in 2009, he toured with Corea and Clarke for an unplugged version of RTF. In May of 2010, Lenny released his 13th album entitled "ANOMALY", in con junction with Abstract Logix; he also co-produced The Stanley Clarke Band CD along with a documented version of the Corea, Clarke and White tour of 2009 entitled "Forever". In February of this year, Lenny won his second Grammy Award for "Best Contemporary Jazz Album" for The Stanley Clarke Band. He also just won a Latin Grammy for producing "Forever" with Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and himself.