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John Lee Sanders, Jazz and Blues Artist puts his spin on Mozart's music, arranged in beautiful world flavors and rhythms, featuring some of the worlds great jazz and pop soloists. John Lee's soulful voice transformed 2 classic Mozart Arias with new lyrics by Chris Caswell.

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Reviews

"Mozart's music is perfect.
John Lee Sanders takes perfect melodies and re- seasons them with delicious,contemporary styles. Everyone needs these great melodies whether they are original or with a celtic, latin or pop flare. Enjoy these sonic delights."
Don Campbell
author of The Mozart Effect ®

To a hardcore classical snob, the very idea of a non-classical tribute to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is offensive and insulting. People who feel that way insist that the music of Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, or any other European classical legend should be off limits to all rock, R&B, jazz, blues, and folk artists -- period. But those who are more broad-minded would counter that yes, Mozart's music can, in fact, be interpreted -- that it doesn't have to be placed under a sheet of glass and treated like an exhibit in a museum. Released in 2000, Mozart: Rhythm & Romance finds instrumentalist John Lee Sanders putting a 21st century spin on Mozart's work. This CD isn't always easy to categorize, although much of the material is either new age or jazz-pop. And while classical snobs will be horrified that Sanders would even think of recording this type of project, parts of Mozart: Rhythm & Romance are fairly creative. Instead of generalizing, it is best to evaluate the disc on a track-by-track basis.
Sanders is more creative on the Brazilian-flavored "Samba Amadeus" (which is based on Symphony No. 4 in G Minor) and "Mozart in Mississippi," which is influenced by soul-jazz and contains hints of Hank Crawford and David "Fathead" Newman. Meanwhile, "Memory in the Mist" favors a Celtic/new age blend . Mozart: Rhythm & Romance is definitely a mixed bag, but even though , the CD's more memorable offerings demonstrate that Mozart's melodies can be relevant to 21st century tastes.
Alex Henderson, All Music Guide

Album Credits

Produced, Composed, Arranged, and Performed by John Lee Sanders
Engineered by
Bruce Tambling,
Mastered by Tom Carr,
additional recording by
Bruce Kaphan
Mozart's music arranged and adapted by John Lee Sanders
Original lyrics by
Chris Caswell
Musicians
Michael Spiro - percussion,
Ron E. Beck - drums,
Samba Ngo, electric guitar,
Shelley Phillips. Irish harp,
Dennis Murphy - bass,
Jeff Linsky, nylon string guitar, courtesy of Concord Records,
Irene Sazer - violin,
Paul VanWageningen - drums,
Bruce Kaphan, electric guitar,
Ruth Davies, upright bass,
Tom Poole - trumpet,
Todd Denmann,Uillian Pipes,
Irina Mikhailova, vocals,Courtesy of Well Tempered Productions
John Lee Sanders, vocals, piano, organ, keyboards, soprano sax, alto sax,
tenor sax, flute, penny whistle, and back cover painting
Photos by Gary Parker

Liner Notes

So much has been learned in the making of this CD, it has definately been a labor of Love. My Inspiration
initially came from the simlistic elegance of Mozart’s music itself, the rhythm and romance of life, and the
whispers of the Angels. To comprehend the genius of Mozart is to understand that divine channel of creativity,
that flowed from him like an eternal spring, from his first brilliant piano concerto at age 5, to his dying breath,
in a requiem that captures the mystical journey from this world to the next. I have felt that passion in rare
moments when time stands still and the music takes over body and soul. His music has become such a part of
me since visting his Birthplace in Salzburg, and visualizing this project, The “Mozart Effect” on my music will
be forever felt, whether it be gospel, blues or pop. In a world where sub-woofers pound the pavement, and the
samples loop into into infinity, Mozart will still be my musical blue Oasis, a place of pure joy, love and the
perpetual flow of divine inspiration, to raise this planet to a higher vibration.

Many Thanks to Michael & Trish Cobb, Danny and Kaori Hull, Todd Ratfild, Bruce Tambling, Linda Arnold,
and Ned Hearn for believing in this Record. Much love to my family, and to Judy, my wonderful angel of
inspiration, whose dreams and visions will inspire the music to come. To my father, William D. Sanders
(1914-1995), My mother Gladys, and most of all, to my Heavenly Father, the fountain of all blessings and
Love.

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CD Artwork

Back cover Painting, by John Lee Sanders, Acrylic on Canvas
Mozart front cover, designed by John Lee Sanders, and the Raw Records Art Dept.
CD photos by Gary Parker

Lyrics

Something to Cling To
Lyric, Chris Caswell, Music, John Lee Sanders, inspired from the Aria, Porgi Amor
From Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, Swampmeister Music, Kazzsongs, ASCAP ©2005

In the shadows lie
Dreams that once passed me by
I know from this longing in my soul
The heart needs something to cling to
Every rose
wants to feel the summer rain on it’s face
To bloom again
So it goes
every wish must have a star somewhere in the sky
and so I must feel the longing left in my life
every heart must have a reason to beat
the heart needs something to cling to
something to cling to

In this world love is a fleeting thing
It moves along
And the things you once believed in sometimes prove you wrong
The heart needs something, something real
The heart needs something to cling to

I can feel your passion’s melody
Flows with tranquility
One touch can chase away the gloom
The heart needs something to cling to
Every rose wants to feel the summer rain on it’s face
To bloom again, So it goes
every wish must have a star somewhere in the sky
and so I must feel the longing left in my life
every heart must have a reason to beat
the heart needs something to cling to
something to cling to

In this world love is a fleeting thing
It moves along
And the things you once believed in sometimes prove you wrong
The heart needs something, something real
The heart needs something, something to cling to
My heart needs something, something to cling to


Through the Storm
Lyric, Chris Caswell, Music, John Lee Sanders,
Swampmeister Music, Kazzsongs, ASCAP ©2005
inspired by the Mozart Aria L'ho perduta, me meschina From Marriage of Figaro, K492

Like a distant dance
Through a lost romance
Like a child that pleads a second chance
I am drawn to the fire
One voice in search of a choir
And I feel it all
Each sensation that formed each creation
I will follow your song through the storm

Where emotion fuels devotion
I sail upon this passion and promise
Through my fingers, your melody lingers
I will follow your song through the storm

In a Rhapsody, In a symphony
In a life on the edge of sanity
You could light up the night
A light that’s still burning bright
And though it’s long ago
I’m so near you, each time I hear you
I will follow your song through the storm

Where emotion fuels devotion
I sail upon this passion and promise
Through my fingers, your melody lingers
I will follow your song through the storm
And through the Fire
Through the Storm

Lyric by Chris Caswell, Kazzsongs, ASCAP,
Music composed by John Lee Sanders, Swampmeister Music, ASCAP inspired and adapted from original motif by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.