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     Leon Thomas

Real name: Amos Leone Thomas, Jr.
Born: Oct 4, 1937 in East St. Louis, IL.
Died: May 8, 1999.
Genres: Jazz.
Styles: Avant-Garde Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Post-Bop.
Instruments: Vocals

Leon Thomas (who changed his name to Leone in 1974) made his mark in 1969, singing "The Creator Has a Master Plan" with Pharoah Sanders and showing that even avant-garde jazz can become popular under some circumstances. A fairly conventional singer, the most unusual aspect to Thomas was that he often broke out into yodelling in the middle of a vocal, a device since utilized occasionally by James Moody. Thomas, whose early associates included Grant Green, Jimmy Forrest and Hank Crawford, studied music for two years at Tennessee State University. He moved to New York in 1958, toured with a show sponsored by the Apollo Theater, had two largely unrecorded stints with Count Basie (1961 and 1964-65) and performed with such jazz artists as Mary Lou Williams, Randy Weston, Rahsaan Roland Kirk and later on Oliver Nelson. After recording "The Creator Has A Master Plan" in 1969 (once under his own name with the better-known version being on Sanders' Karma), Thomas seemed on the verge of stardom. However, his career faltered and he remained an underground figure. As a leader, Leon Thomas recorded for Flying Dutchman, Blues Time, Mega, the Italian Palcoscenico label (in 1979 with Freddie Hubbard's group), as the leader of a blues-oriented band for Portrait (1988) and more recently for Mapleshade. He also appeared as a sideman in many situations including on a Louis Armstrong 1970 record and with Carlos Santana (who he worked with in 1971). Thomas died of heart failure on May 8, 1999.

- Scott Yanow (All Music Guide)

Ресурсы сети, связанные с исполнителем:
musicians.allaboutjazz.com/musician.php?id=10770 Biography & articles on 'All About Jazz'
members.aol.com/ilebaba/adeleke/discthomas.html Discography
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leon_Thomas About from 'wikipedia'
en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leon_Thomas About from 'wapedia.mobi' [mobile]
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CD коллекции, связанные с исполнителем:
  как основной исполнитель ...
 Leon Thomas - 'Blues And The Soulful Truth' - 1972, RCA Victor
 Leon Thomas - 'Spirits Known And Unknown' - 1969, Bluebird, BMG
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 Johnny Hodges - '3 Shades Of Blue' - 1970, Flying, Galactic
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 Rahsaan Roland Kirk - 'A Meeting Of The Times. Ornette!' - 1999, Collectables
 Pharoah Sanders - 'Jewels Of Thought' - 1969, Impulse!
 Pharoah Sanders - 'Karma' - 1969, Impulse!
 Pharoah Sanders - 'Oh Lord Let Me Do No Wrong' - 1987, CBS Special Records
 Pharoah Sanders - 'Shukuru' - 1985, Evidence
 Pharoah Sanders - 'The Impulse Story' - 2006, Impulse!
 Carlos Santana - 'Dance Of The Rainbow Serpent' - 1995, Columbia, Legacy
 Archie Shepp - 'Kwanza' - 1974, Impulse!

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