Just Doin’ Our Thang (digital download)

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Just Doin’ Our Thang (digital download)
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“With the kind of cool mood that brought us Herbie Mann and Hubert Laws, Pacific Coast Jazz introduces Bradley Leighton, a flutist who combines groove with soul. This is his second solo album. Backed by organ, guitar and drums, he employs an alto flute, which brings its gentler tone front and center to be reckoned with on the basis of intimacy. Up close and personal, the flutist’s program draws from a wide spread. “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Europa” and the “Pink Panther Theme” sit side by side with classics such as “Now’s the Time,” “Speak Low” and ”Summertime.” Keeping his focus on straight-ahead jazz, Leighton creates a lovable session that comes recommended for its ease of communication.”  ~Jim Santella, L A Jazz Scene

“Wow – alto flute and B3 jazz – this I gotta love! Reminds me of the Ryerson/Beck alto flute and guitar duo on a couple DMP SACDs, but with the added shakin’ bass end of the B3 organ and the variety of percussion effects possible between the drums and percussionist. Sounds sorta like a swinging Ivy League Caucasian flutist is sitting in with a down n’ dirty B3 trio at a black blues club – let’s hear it for diversity! Leighton’s rich warm tone is quite a contrast to the usual raucous sax you would normally hear if the trio expanded to a quartet. And while I dig a little of that I’m nuts for a lot of this! Four originals spice up the dozen tracks – three of them from Leighton himself. Two of the tracks, including the opening B3 standard Sunny, delve into a Latin groove and the producer’s own Deep Sea is a lovely bossa nova. If this is an example of what comes out of this small San Diego-area jazz label, I want to hear more right away.” ~Audiophile Audition, April 2005

“On Bradley Leighton’s second album, Just Doin’ Our Thang, the flutist tackles tunes from points on the musical map as diverse as classic bebop, the Great American Songbook, the Henry Mancini oeuvre and the reflective R&B of Bill Withers. He’s backed by an estimable organ trio comprised of Hammond B3 player Rob Whitlock, drummer Duncan Moore and guitarist Bob Boss, Leighton blows on the alto flute for the entire project in an attempt, he says, to inject the music with a warmer and mellower sound than his Brazilian-tinged, 2003 debut, Groove Yard. Does it work? You betcha. Whether playful on “Summertime” and “Sunny” or jazzy on Charlie Parker’s “Now’s the Time” and his own “Carefree,” the flutist keeps his focus on bop and tight musicianship. Familiar tunes like Bobby Womack’s “Breezin’” and Carlos Santana’s “Europa” get fresh makeovers, and originals like “Lazy Summer Days” show that Leighton can confidently mix in his own tunes with classics”. ~Brian Soergel, JazzTimes, August 2005