Album · 2013 · 15 Songs. Johnny Hodges, Leon Thomas & Oliver Nelson. 13. Balance of Life (Peace of Mind).
Blues and the Soulful Truth. Leon Thomas Anthology.
Leon Thomas was equally at home singing R&B, hard bop, swing, blues, avant jazz, and soul. He worked with everyone from Art Blakey and Count Basie to Roland Kirk, Pharoah Sanders, and Santana. Though he recorded and performed infrequently after the 1970s, his emotive phrasing, disciplined yodeling, and brave improvising influenced numerous vocalists who came later. While "The Creator Has a Master Plan" is the best-known title here, Thomas' readings of "straight" jazz material such as Milt Jackson's "Bags' Groove," from 1971's Leon Thomas Album, or "Welcome to New York," from his appearance on Johnny Hodges' Three Shades of Blue (with Oliver Nelson) in 1970, also rate highly. China Doll" melds spiritual jazz, blues, soul, and street swagger.
The Creator 1969-1973: The Best Of The Flying Dutchman Masters.