Born: February 6, 1940 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
A music maker for four decades, Leon's list of impressive credits includes classic recordings by Quincy Jones, Minnie Riperton, Michael Jackson, Maxwell, Average White Band and of course, the late Marvin Gaye (whose Ware-written and produced I Want You LP remains a seminal Motown album). The hypnotically evocative Loceans expresses a romantic love and lust for life. In the tradition of his prior recordings and work with others, songs on the new album like Just Take Your Time, Hold Tonight and Smoovin' are love-filled odes, a heady mix of fantasy and reality. The 12-track collection of new Ware-produced material will be in stores on August 12, 2008.
Moon Ride is the Detroit native's first major label album in over two decades and represents the culmination of a very active period in Leon's career. Since 1995, Leon has been writing, producing and recording as an independent artist with four albums to his credit, Taste The Love; the 2001 set Candelight recorded with jazz keyboardist Don Grusin; the passion-charged Love's Drippin,' a 2003 release; and 2004's Brazilian-themed A Kiss In The Sand. During the last decade, he's been a frequent visitor to the UK where his sold-out concerts at London's Jazz Café before an adoring audience (singing along with almost his entire repertoire) are legendary; U.S. performances at New York's Blue Note and the Temple Bar in Los Angeles have only served to heighten interest in Leon's musical catalog as an artist, writer and producer.
Even with a catalog of nine of his own albums released since 1972, Leon says I've never really been out there as a fully-fledged recording artist and performer because of my love for producing and writing. Now, he emphasizes, it's time to do that…
2008 Moon Ride (Stax)
2005 A Kiss In The Sand (Expansion)
2010 Indian Summer
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