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The debut recording for Leslie & Gerard. Made Los Angeles in 2008 and licensed to SSJ Records for release in Japan in 2011. "Of Two Minds" is an important step for Leslie as an artist. This recording is her point of view as it were, she chose the music, and discussed the direction she wanted the music to take with Gerard. The arrangements were written accordingly. This process created music which was truly "Of Two Minds." Leslie rarely performs a tune in the same way twice, tempos, meters, rhythmic feels, all change according to the moment. The music is constantly evolving from one performance to the next. Consequently, to record her performance of a song doesn't really give a listener the full measure of the musical potential she hears in each song. It is simply how she feels the music at that moment. The working relationship Leslie has developed with the Gerard Hagen Trio, born of many hours on the bandstand, was easily extended to include some of Los Angeles' finest jazz musicians. A horn section of Gary Foster alto sax/alto flute, Rob Lockart tenor sax, Ron Stout trumpet, provided a sonic palette from which many moments of beauty, excitement, and pure joy are to be found throughout this recording. Larry Koonse added his talents playing nylon string guitar to Nature Boy rounding out a well thought out program of tunes.

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released June 25, 2008

Leslie Lewis voice, Gerard Hagen piano, Domenic Genova bass, Jerry Kalaf drums, Gary Foster alto sax, Ron Stout trumpet, Rob Lockhart tenor sax, Larry Koonse guitar
Recorded in Los Angeles 2008 Mixed and Mastered in Los Angeles 2008 Surf Cove Jazz SCJ100

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Leslie Lewis & Gerard Hagen Paris, France

Paris based American jazz musicians Leslie Lewis (voice) and Gerard Hagen (piano/arranger) perform in duo, quartet & sextet. Using arrangements that create a unique backdrop for Leslie who is a consummate storyteller, they engage their audiences with a dynamic combination of Jazz and R&B that communicates passion, beauty, honesty and humour. ... more

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