On his new album pianist David Leonhardt pays tribute to one of the most prolific American composers, Cole Porter. It is hard to choose among all the Cole Porter wonderful compositions, but Porter fans will be more than satisfied with Leonhardts selection and arrangements of these classics.
The release starts in a trio format of piano, bass and drums and constant tempo changes in "Love for Sale". For the second track, "Every Time We Say Goodbye", the trio turns into a quintet with the addition of Larry Mckenna on saxophone and Nancy Reed on vocals. Reeds tone on vocals has some similarities with other modern jazz singers like Diana Krall. Mckenna adds some good improvisations a la Lester Young on this one, and the next track "Just One of Those Days".
Nancy Reed brings a certain coolness to her phrasing in "Night and Day" and "I've Got You Under My Skin", perfect for these songs most people recognize in the voice of the king of cool, Frank Sinatra.
Leonhardts well constructed improvisations may be fully appreciated especially in the instrumental tracks, "In the Still of the Night", "It's All Right With Me" and the bossa "I Concentrate on You".