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Leopoldo F. Fleming

Leopoldo F. Fleming & Christian Gonsior: TRATO COMÚN - Fleming, Gonsior, Dinah Vero, Joel Diamond, Alex Hernández, Emilio Valdés, José Mangual Jr. - Originals of Jazz, Caribbean/Cuban, African styles and inspiration by Fleming & Gonsior respectively, plus one Puerto Rican standard.

Re. Photos, Discography (4 pages) and links to just 6 of many videos on YouTube, at the bottom of this page

Leopoldo Fleming Afro Caribbean Jazz Ensemble.
Leopoldo F. Fleming Nina Simone Celebration Ensemble.
Percussionist, composer, arranger, lyricist, band leader Leopoldo F. Fleming is a great personality with a rich and multicolored palette, inspiration from his Latin-Afro-Indian roots, his childhood in Puerto Rico and St. Thomas, decades as highly active in the jazz and beyond music scene of New York, and his international experience collaborating and touring all over Europe, Africa, South America, the Caribbean, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, with US, Caribbean, and African stars.

Mainly a jazz musician, Leopoldo is well versed in several genres - jazz, funk, R&B, Caribbean, Cuban, Brazilian, African, gospel and spirituals. He is a brilliant accompanist, a fascinating soloist, has a special melodic gift in his playing, and his performances sparkle with surprises, sophistication, grace, and exquisite timing. To quote Nat Hentoff: “...I was in a NY nightclub, and what intrigued me was a musician I had never heard before. He was playing various percussion instruments and extracting extraordinarily fresh, unexpected hues from his instruments with a grace and flawless timing that really made him the star of the show. He was Leopoldo Fleming.”

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In the September 2007 issue of the AllAboutJazz-New York gazette, the newly released Afro Indian Blues with Jim Pepper, Amina Claudine Myers, Anthony Cox, and Leopoldo Fleming is categorized an Unearthed Gem. Donald Elfman praises Leopoldo for showing true versatility and appealing accessibility.

In an review of the same album, Bill Siegel writes: ...On percussion, Leopoldo Fleming takes a flight with a solo that's absolute, total music - he plays the melody on his drums, not just a riff on the rhythm

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Lou Caputo & Chris White: Interface

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JazzCat 47 Records JC-1824

Leopoldo F. Fleming & Christian Gonsior: TRATO COMÚN

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Alessa Records Jazz & Art ALR 1023

Documentary/DVD: Mama Africa (by Mika Kaurismäki)

Documentary/DVD: Mama...

Matchbox Films