Leon Ware - Rainbow DeuxBe With Records
"Rainbow Deux" is the final opus from one of our most treasured songwriters, the late singer Leon Ware. The album was completed around August of 2016, six months before his transition. Co-produced by Taylor Graves, a notable songwriter in his own right. The two were close friends as well as Los Angeles residents which placed them at the center of the talented L.A. musical eco system. Hence the cameo appearances from Kamasi Washington and Thundercat among others. When it came to sensual romantic songwriting no one did it better than Ware. Just go back and listen to Marvin Gaye's "I Want You" in addition to countless other contributions throughout his career. There's plenty to savor here with quality recordings throughout this lp. "For The Rainbow" is a sultry tune that opens with sparkling keys and percussion, setting the table for Ware's buttery falsetto vocals. "The Darkest Night" is a mid-tempo stomper with an infectious head nodding groove. The sun soaked sounds of "Samba Dreams" and "Wishful Thinking" are a reflection of Ware's affinity for Brazilian rhythms. The latter is a gorgeous number filled with wind swept strings and melodic guitar rhythms. The irony here is that "Rainbow Deux" is easily one of his best albums he has ever released. Graves production is top notch and his keyboard arrangements superb. Just thinking of him gone is sad but this record will serve as a reminder of his greatness.
Reg Dancy, 11/19