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Comin' Home Baby

The Dynamic Les DeMerle Band

Label: Origin Records
Format: CD
Barcode: 0805558271229
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Catalog number: ORIGIN 82712
Releasedate: 15-07-16
-  "Comin' Home Baby" is the Dynamic Les DeMerle Band's ninth recording on Origin, and its tightest - grooving hard, the music hot and sweet, swinging and soulful
Captured live in the jazz room of the Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Ship while sailing the Baltics, "Comin' Home Baby" is the Dynamic Les DeMerle Band's ninth recording on Origin, and its tightest - grooving hard, the music hot and sweet, swinging and soulful. Featured beside Les DeMerle's fiery drumming are his and Bonnie Eisele's equally dynamic vocals, as they perform classics such as "Steppin’ Out With My Baby," "Learnin’ The Blues," "Day In - Day Out," "High Fly," and more. "After hearing this quartet live for 12 nights with Les' tight group and the wonderful vocals of Bonnie Eisele, I can honestly say that I am truly a fan..." - George Wein, Newport Jazz Festival. 
Long at the forefront of modern jazz drumming, drummer, clinician and band leader Les DeMerle toured and recorded with the Harry James Big Band from 1970 to 1982. One of those recordings, "King James Version" won a Grammy Award. Les toured for three years and recorded with Wayne Newton, also toured and recorded with Manhattan Transfer, and has appeared with many other musical greats, including, Lou Rawls, Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, and Joe Williams. 

A native of New York, DeMerle was introduced to music at the age of ten by a roommate at the Eastern Military Academy on Long Island. Teaching himself to play drums, he quickly mastered the instrument. By the age of 16, he had secured a spot in Lionel Hampton's orchestra. 

Veering toward jazz fusion, DeMerle formed Sound 67 with trumpet player Randy Brecker in 1967. This group evolved into Transfusion, which produced five poll-winning albums and featured Randy and Michael Brecker and guitarist/vocalist Steve Katz (later of Blood, Sweat & Tears). 

His two educational drum books, Jazz/Rock Fusion, Volumes 1 and 2, published by Hal Leonard, have long been best sellers. 

More recently, Les has found a home on Florida's Amelia Island. The producer of the annual Amelia Island Jazz Festival since 2001, DeMerle has been a fixture at the Lobby Lounge in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, where he's performed with the Dynamic Les DeMerle Orchestra Featuring Bonnie Eisele since 1991. - See more at: http://originarts.com/artists/artist.php?Artist_ID=10#sthash.8Q66wdy4.dpuf