Although he is politely amused, never aggressive, pianist / singer / composer Carl Sonny Leyland is obviously a powerful force — for good.
This is especially true when he sits down at the piano, as he did in a rare solo session at the 2013 Dixieland Monterey Jazz Bash by the Bay. It was also refreshing to see Carl in front of an audience of devout fans, who knew his compositions and wanted to hear them. Their enthusiasm made it possible for everyone in the room — and now everyone reading this blogpost — to hear more of Carl’s own compositions, which are (like their composer) spicy, surprising, and anything but formulaic.
Here comes Father Leyland!
ALMOND JOYS (with delighted dancers — a serendipitous echo of JAMMIN’ THE BLUES):
ARGYLE AVENUE BREAKDOWN:
WILLIE THE WEEPER:
RAT CATCHER’S BLUES:
Thank you, Carl, for that seismic motion that cheers us.
May your happiness increase!