The Sunday Jazz Brunch Presents

Leo Sidran

Air Date: 4/23/2023 on 90.5 WICN 8am-12pm ET

When I first heard Leo Sidran's 2018 tribute CD Cool School (The Music of Michael Franks), I knew that his distinctive sound was somehow familiar. I could not place it at the time. Now, with the release of his new CD What's Trending, I have finally figured it out. 

Steve Miller, of the classic rock Steve Miller Band, was friends with Leo Sidran's dad, musician Ben Sidran. The band recorded four of the younger Sidran's songs, written as a only a teenager. For those familiar with Steve Miller, the songs appeared on his 1993 release Wide River.

And that is where I believe Leo Sidran's unique sound originates to a large degree. Right about now I would try to describe it to you, but why bother when you can watch the video below. Tell me I'm wrong!

As with his prior release, What's Trending draws on influences not only from jazz but also R&B, pop music, and something called LOFI hip hop. In this release we find a good helping of social commentary, with titles like Everybody's Faking Too and Nobody Kisses Anymore, the latter featuring vocalist Lauren Henderson.

Listen to several of this talented artists' tracks during hours two and four of the Sunday Jazz Brunch.



HOUR ONE: Contemplative Morning

Joe Locascio\November The Music of Phil Gurlik 2023\November
Bill Cunliffe Trio\Border Widow's Lament 2023\Reflections
Buster Williams\Unalome 2023\Estate feat Jean Baylor
Peter Smith\Dollar Dreams 2023\07-Sleep by Day, Live by Night
Chris Keefe\Chris Keefe 2023\4 I Fall In Love Too Easily
Stan Hope-Put on a Happy Face 2005-04 Easy to Love
Eric Reed\Black Brown and Blue 2023\Infant Eyes
Ben Wolfe-Unjust 2022-09 Sparkling Red
Nicholas Payton-Smoke Sessions 2021-04 No Lonely Nights

HOUR TWO: New For You

Bill Cunliffe Trio\Border Widow's Lament 2023\Looking Back
Pierre Chambers\Shining Moments 2023\09 - The Way You Look Tonight
Brendan Lanighan Octet\A Little Optimism \008 Little Garlic Knot
Michael Dease\The-Other-Shoe 2023\Shorty's Tune
Leo Sidran\What's Trending 2023\Everybody's Faking
Mike Melito\To Swing is The Thing 2023\Blue Key
Joe Locascio\November The Music of Phil Gurlik 2023\It's Alright
Leo Sidran-What's Trending 2023-04 It's Alright
Chris Keefe\Chris Keefe 2023\Dream
Dizzy & Fay\Hooked 2023\Never Mind
Buster Williams\Unalome\42nd Street feat Jean Baylor

HOUR THREE: Brazil/World

Bill Cunliffe Trio-Sunrise Over Molokai-10 Tereza My Love 2019
Dave Bass-The Trio Vol. 3 2023-06 El Ciego
Carlos Odria-Obomayne 2023-08 Mimosa Bossa
Hendrik Meurkens-Celebrando-11 Celebrando 2012
Gal Costa-Minha Voz, Minha Vida 2001-12 Falsa Baiana
Dan Costa\Suite Três Rios\Baiao
Dafnis Prieto Featuring Luciana Souza-Cantar 2022-07 Amanhecer Contigo
Antonio Adolfo\Jobim Forever 06 Inutil Paisagem
Daniela Soledade\Pretty World 2022\Nothing Compares (featuring Harry Allen)
Tony Monaco\Strollin 2021\Happy Sergio
Nate N-Under Paris Skies-05 Sous le ciel De Paris 2018
Karrin Allyson-Imagina- Songs of Brazil-09 Imagina 2008

HOUR FOUR: Groove, Baby

Keiko Matsui\Euphoria V2\ 06 - Luminescence (Featuring Kirk Whalum)
Leo Sidran-What's Trending 2023-07 Hanging by a Thread
Mike Melito\To Swing is The Thing 2023\Blue Key
Gregory Porter-Liquid Spirit-09 Brown Grass
The 3 Keys-We 3 Keys 2023-02 Piano Bar
Yellowjackets-Parallel Motion 2022-02 Challenging Times
Pierre Chambers\Shining Moments 2023\Dear Anne
Buzz Amato\Muse Cafe 2023\Going Home
The 3 Keys-We 3 Keys 2023-11 Something Nice
Jeff Andrew Simpson-In a Midnight Moon-12 Yeah! 2004
The Jazz Crusaders-Happy Again-02 When You're So Far Away 1995


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