Mike Lee: MY BACKYARDMike 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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  1. "Just North of Normal" (3:47)
  2. "Her Hair, Full of Heavenly Glamour..." (5:54)
  3. "Sidewalk Seven" (5:46)
  4. "Stardust" (Hoagy Carmichael, Hoagy Publishing Co/ASCAP) (3:29)
  5. "Sandals and Seashells" (6:49)
  6. "Sinuosity" (8:34)
  7. "Crooked Halo" (6:25)
  8. "Message from Home" (4:53)
  9. "Secular Living" (6:31)
  10. "Relaxin' at Camarillo" (Charlie Parker, Universal-Duchess Music Corp/BMI) (6:45)

All compositions by Mike Lee, LikeMee Music/BMI, except as noted.

Mike Lee, tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, clarinet · John Hart, guitar ·
Matt Ray, piano · Andy McKee, bass · Tim Horner, drums ·
Guest: Rebecca Harris-Lee, violin

Recorded 17 October 1999 at Tedesco Studios, Paramus NJ
Engineer: Jon Rosenberg
Producer: Mike Lee
Executive Producer: Frank Tafuri

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