Mike Lee

The tunes on this recording vary stylistically from the straight-ahead blues-flavored Leisure Suit to the haunting classical lines of Holy Instant to the thrashing and burning of Laws of Chaos. Yet they are all similar in their dedication to clear, strong, memorable melody. Featured guest Tim Hagans dramatically unlocks the subtle nuances and intricate rhythms of the tunes and Lee shines on inspired readings of Strayhorn’s A Flower is a Lovesome Thing and the standard The Best Things in Life are Free.
Features two compositions that placed in the top five at the 1997 Thelonius Monk/BMI Composition Competition.