His latest venture is Michael Leonhart & the Avramina 7, a gritty funk combo that records for Brooklyn's Truth & Soul Records - where he has been the house trumpeter for a while. The Avramina 7 is comprised of musicians who have been involved in the New York/Brooklyn funk & soul scene, featuring members of the Dap-Kings, Phenomenal Handclap Band, Budos Band, Menahan Street Band, El Michaels Affair, and Antibalas. Michael plays the trumpet and sings. Their debut 7" single is out now - Scopolamine b/w Gold Fever and Leonhart’s heavy-funk concept album "Seahorse and the Storyteller” comes later this year. Enjoy the swampy breakbeats, horns drenched in reverb, tablas pounding and massed vocals combined with spy theme vamping on Gold Fever. The live takes were recorded earlier this year and show off the band's funky chops. If you live in NYC be sure to check them out Nov 4 & Dec 09 @ Joe’s Pub (both shows @ 9:30pm).
Michael Leonhart & the Avramina 7 - Gold Fever (via HypeM)
Michael Leonhart & the Avramina 7 - Disco Udaipur Into Scopolamine (Live @ Zebulon, March'09)