Mike Lee: My Backyard (OmniTone 15003)
Carrying on in the proud tradition of Cleveland-born jazz musicians from Tadd Dameron to Joe Lovano, Cleveland-native, New York-based multi-saxophonist, composer and educator Mike Lee tours presents a contagious music picture of his home turf and jazz's tradition.
Top-flight NY sidemen improvisers pianist Matt Ray, guitarist John Hart, bassist Andy McKee, drummer Tim Horner and special guest violinist Rebecca Harris ignite bop cookers to Latin grooves to down-home blues to a breathy "Stardust." Jazz lovers will make Mike Lee's backyard their own and will keep coming back just to "hang."
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All compositions by Mike Lee, LikeMee Music/BMI, except as noted.
Recorded 17 October 1999 at Tedesco Studios,