BARRY LEEF: After many years of playing mostly magical gigs with some of the finest musicians and singers in this country and living in recording studios singing hundreds of radio and television ads, I decided it was time I recorded something as a keep sake for my awesome family.
It has taken this long to feel I can now record something worthwhile and something to be proud of, this feeling was because of my passion for excellence and my absolute respect for the finest contemporary songwriters, singers, producers and arrangers of my generation. To aspire to this level has always been a difficult road for me, “nothing was ever good enough”.
A year or two ago, Kere Buchanan (drummer, producer and arranger) called me and asked if I would sing a track on his latest album ‘Goodbye Yesterday’ the track was “Miss Josephine”. I was blown away with the way Kere worked in the studio and so impressed with his producing and arranging skills, working with Kere was such a joy I knew we would work together again.
Last year I called Kere and asked if he would be interested in producing my album, this was his reply: Barry…Of course man. I’d be honoured! Give me a call to chat about this. This is a must for you! K.
Rhythmized is now completed and I have to say I’m so proud of the result, I can’t thank Kere enough for his splendid work on this record, chief engineer Keith Walker for his meticulous work making sure every note recorded was as clean as and his tireless support. All the guys at Studio 301 from assistant engineers to admin, huge thanks.
The Band: Peter Northcote, Bill Risby, Dario Bortilin, Mick Skelton, Garry Steel, Tony Azzopardi, Tom Rainey and Ashleigh Leef ...What a pleasure it was to work with these musicians and singers, everything about the sessions was inspiring and total fun.
Lastly, to the most special person who made this all possible, I dedicate this album to my Mum, NESTA LEEF.