Michael Leonhart & The Avramina 7 – Seahorse and the Storyteller
After 40 plus recordings as the house trumpet player for Truth and Soul records, the Brooklyn based funk and soul label released the highly sought after trumpet player, producer, composer, songwriter, and arranger Michael Leonhart’s psychedelic Afro/bhangra funk concept album Seahorse and the Storyteller on April 20, 2010, which includes many Daptone/Truth & Soul musicians: Binky Griptite and Homer Steinweiss of the Dap-Kings, Tommy Brenneck fromThe Budos Band and Menahan Street Band among others, Luke O’Malley and Nick Movshon from Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra…
01. Seahorse and the Storyteller
02. Have You Met Martina
04. Gold Fever
05. The Story Of Echo Lake
06. Dr. Killjoy
08. Madhouse Mumbai
09. Dreams Of An Aquarian
10. Avramina Comes Up
11. Shh… They’re Sleeping
Michael Leonhart: vocals, trumpet, special effects
Luke O’Malley: guitar
Binky Griptite: guitar
Tommy “TNT” Brenneck: bass
Homer Steinweiss: drums
Nick Movshon: percussion, drums
Sunny Jain: tabla, dhol, percussion
Toby Pazner: electric piano, vox organ
Jamie Leonhart, Casey Shea, Deidre Rodman, Mike Williams: backing vocals
Stuart Bogie: tenor sax
Cochemea Gastelum: tenor sax
Dave Guy: trumpet
Mike Williams: bass trumpet
Leon Michels: baritone sax
Katie Sheele: oboe
Born into a musical family, Michael Leonhart has developed into one of the most imaginative musicians of his time, sought throughout the music and entertainment world as a trumpet player, producer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and singer-songwriter.
As a solo artist Michael has released six albums — “Aardvark Poses” (1995), “Glub Glub vol. 11” (1997), and “Slow” (2002) all on the Sunnyside label; “The Suzy Lattimore EP” (2005) & “The Ballad of Minton Quigley “(2006) self released and 2008’s “Hotel Music” on limited edition vinyl with hand painted covers released through St. Ives (an imprint of Secretly Canadian). He has composed and performed music for movies, television, dance, fashion shows and theater, and has appeared on over 100 albums.
At age 17, Michael was honored as the youngest Grammy recipient in history, cited as the most outstanding musician in a U.S. high school. That same year ABC World News named him “Person of the Week”. Michael has performed with Steely Dan since 1996, recording two albums with them, including 2000’s Grammy winning Album of the Year “Two Against Nature” on which he was a featured soloist, arranger and conductor. He has performed and/or recorded with such diverse artists as A Tribe Called Quest, Arif Mardin, Arto Linsday, Bill Frisell, Bill Withers, Bobby McFerrin, Bonnie Raitt, Brian Eno, Busta Rhymes, Caetano Veloso, D.J. Spooky, David Byrne, Henry Mancini, James Brown, John Barry, Joshua Redman, Lenny Kravitz, Levon Helm, Mark Ronson, Michael McDonald, Mos Def, Natalie Merchant, Q-Tip, Raekwon (Wutang Clan), Slash (Guns and Roses/ Velvet Revolver), Steven Tyler (Aerosmith), Todd Rundgren, and Wynton Marsalis.
Most recently, Michael recorded with Yoko Ono as a featured member of the Plastic Ono Band for her upcoming album, “Between My Head and the Sky”.
Michael also appears on upcoming albums by Sharon Jones and the Dapkings, Foreigner, Sean Lennon, and Yuka Honda (Cibo Matto). After 40 plus recordings as the house trumpet player for Truth and Soul records, the Brooklyn based funk and soul label released Leonhart’s heavy-funk concept album “Seahorse and the Storyteller” on April 20, 2010.
Michael Leonhart & Avramina 7’s debut album “Seahorse & The Storyteller” is now available online, at your local record shop, and at the T&S storefront. Buy the album and take a psyched-out, funked-up, reverb-drenched trip with The Avramina 7.
“Seahorse & The Storyteller” has already received rave reviews, read some of them here:
“…gorgeous splashes of mysterious reverb, Free Design harmonies, and a note-perfect reproduction of the dirty-as-fuck drums people love to sample” – Village Voice
“Listening to this album is like riding a time-travelling space ship bouncing from Bollywood to Abbey Road to Brooklyn.” – Afrobeat Blog
“Leonhart’s landscape of sound is like everything and nothing you’ve ever heard.” – Elmore Magazine
“Close your eyes and you’re transported to the set of “Way of the Dragon” with Bruce Lee, getting ready to whip out karate moves to kick ass in unison with the funk and psychedelic rock sounds of [Leonhart’s] ‘70s styled music.” – Covers Magazine