Leo Records October Releases


*CD LR 929The Last Taxi: Departure Pat Battstone*
Pat Battstone is not a newcomer in the Leo Records catalogue. This is his fifth CD. Although he is a headliner, this CD is very much a collective effort. “Departure” has been recorded by the quartet with his old pals — Chris Rathbun – bass, Robert Rivera – cello and live electronics, Georgia Santoro – flutes and Pat Battstone – piano and Fender Rhodes. When they start the journey, no one decides where they want to go or what they are going to play. They start as four separate entities yet they arrive as one tight single unit.

*CD LR 930 ExtemporaPago Libre*

This release could easily mark the 34th anniversary of Pago Libre, but the line up of this multi-ethnic quartet would be quite different 30 odd years ago. From the original line-up only John Wolf Brennan remains. The name PAGO LIBRE is derived from the initials of the four group members: PAtumi, GOodman, LIndvall, BREnnan. Forming Pago Libre in 1989 John Wolf Brennan wanted to create “a kind of triangle” of folk melodies, classical chamber music, and jazz rhythm. He succeeded with flying colours because the music by the members of Pago Libre sounds as fresh as if it has been composed and performed today. Special guest – Gabriele Hasler.

*CD LR 931 Windows & Mirrors | Milano Dialogues Sergio Armaroli, Veli
Kujala, Harri Sjöström, Giancarlo Schiaffini*
Have you ever heard the accordion, vibraphone, trombone, and saxophone improvising together? There is only one record label where you can hear this kind of music — Leo Records, of course. In the hands of these exceptional musicians, this extraordinary combination of instruments produce a sensational amalgamation of sounds, the kind of sounds you’ve never heard before. The music is so gripping, it makes you sit down and listen. Sergio Armaroli – vibraphone, Veli Kujala – accordion, Harri Sjöström – saxophones, Giancarlo Schiaffini – trombone.