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Full Circle
Leon Thomas Full Circle
Format: LP Type: Album, Reissue/Repress
Labels: Flying Dutchman
Genre: Jazz
Release Year: 2023
First Release: 1973
EAN/UPC: 0029667015813

Leon Thomas was the definitive jazz vocalist of the 1970s and his albums for Flying Dutchman are all classics.

Although he started his career in Count Basie’s band in the early 60s, by the latter part of the decade he had become an essential part of saxophonist Pharaoh Sanders’ group, alongside Lonnie Liston Smith, and co-wrote ’The Creator Has A Master Plan’ for the album “Thembi”. The success of this album led to him being offered a deal with Bob Thiele’s new Flying Dutchman label where he recorded five studio albums.

“Full Circle” was his final album for the label and was recorded as Thomas was being asked to join Santana, and as such it is apt that he covers Santana’s ‘Just In Time To See The Sun’, turning it into a spiritual jazz classic. Elsewhere there are Motown covers such as a wonderful ‘Got To Be There' but it’s the jazzy tour-de-forces such as ‘It’s My Life I’m Fighting For’ and ‘Balance Of Life (Peace Of Mind) that have kept the demand high for this record. The musicians who back Thomas on this album include Bernard Purdie, Joe Farrell, Joe Beck, Jimmy Owens and Pee Wee Ellis.

Thomas’ career never really found itself on a firm footing again and only one more studio album followed – 1988’s reunion with Thiele and Purdie for "The Leon Thomas Blues Band” - meaning that “Full Circle” was the final album from him as a contemporary singer.

This reissue is mastered from the highest quality transfers from the original master tapes.

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