Album review: 'Seductive Sax' by Joe Leader

Published by Press Association

VIDEO: Joe Leader - Isn't She Lovely (Live)

They say you should never judge a book by its cover, but can you sometimes judge an album by its title?

This delivers everything it promises on the tin, and a little more, as young jazz saxophonist Joe Leader smoothly hoots and toots his way around soulful classics such as Bill Withers’ Just The Two Of Us and Isn’t She Lovely by Stevie Wonder.

A live recording, this is pretty standard finger-clicking, wine-swilling stuff. However, Leader and his worthy eight-piece demonstrate an exciting versatility – occasionally etching into the realms of Latin and R&B.

Seductive Sax gets nowhere near the genius of John Coltrane’s Blue Train Sessions, of course, but it’s rather impressive for a debut offering.