Dancing On The Wide Eyed Edge
By Leslie Sharp
When Leslie Sharp came meandering into my world a number of years back I was taken aback by her appearance. She looks like wise women out of a mystical novel. Or she could be a gunslinger who in the old west would catch you off guard by her small size and weathered look, then shoot your scalp off your head and blow the smoke from her pistol as you looked on in disbelief. However, don’t even try to attempt to understand her musical skill until you hear how this soul of women can compose music and then dish it out in on fast draw of her piano.
For those of us drawn to jazz there’s something haunting about jazz which haul's you into uncharted dimensions and leaves you there until the song is done. Then it brings you back and slams you into your chair of life and allows you to wake up just in time to clap and be grateful.
This is what I found in the new album called Dancing On The Wide Eyed Edge. What adds to this albums flavor is the trumpet and the way it fits tightly into the arrangements. Leslie’s ability to hit some notes surprises me again and again. Even if I can do without the echo chamber effects in vocals, in this arrangement it works to create a feel that kept me listen from track to track.
If you are drawn to good music and want to help a jazz musician who’s out there in the clubs earning living buy this CD and her two others… I love it.
My Coach to the top brass.