Black and Gold

by Leyva

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Leyva – Black & Gold
Prolific to a fault, the latest disc from Leyva is easily his best yet. While he’s recorded interesting tracks before, most of his albums to date have been constructed from scattered sessions, gathered as they happened to be recorded. With Black & Gold, the album was constructed as a whole, complete with a sympathetic group of backing musicians, including the late saxophonist Dave Isabelle in the last recording before his passing. Leyva plays guitar and assorted bits and bobs, alongside bassist Guz Gallo, keyboardist Sal Filipelli, drummers Matt Van Allen and Ryan Schilawski as well as multi instrumentalist Taylor Brown. The cast creates a sound that’s part Eddie Vedder angst and part Chris Martin gloss. There’s something here for just about everybody; rock ‘n’ roll, with a touch of glam (“You Belong To Me”), electronic dabbed pop (“ Strange Dayz“), plaintive strummed ballad (“Forever Wild“), all with Leyva confident in his vocal approach. If you’ve never heard Leyva before, this is where to start – even long time fans will be pleased at the sonic leaps and bounds he’s come up with this time.

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released July 11, 2010

Taylor Brown- production guitars synths and bass
Ryan Schilawski -drums
Matt Van Allen - Mixing/mastering engineer, drums
Guz Gallo some bass
Sal Fillipeli- Rhodes 2nd engineer
Chris Leyva - Guitar/vocals/drums/bass/keys/ mixing and production-
Dave Isabelle- Saxophone

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Leyva Los Angeles, California

Chris Leyva was actually born in a small town outside of Oaxaca, Mexico. He arrived in San Diego as an eight-year-old. An insatiable music fan, Leyva was soon hooked on the idea of rock \'n\' roll. He cites The Beatles, Nirvana, The Rembrandts as major influences .To date he has released seventeen albums. In 2003 he started up a music management agency Black Cherry Music Group. ... more

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