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Leni Stern

Biography

This singer/guitarist has put out a string of well-received albums that have managed to fall through the cracks because of her genre bending. Leni Stern plays jazz Fusion like a more accessible Pat Metheny (Bill Frisell comes to mind on her slow, dreamy pieces). But she also writes songs and sings in a voice that meshes Suzanne Vega’s quietness with Sinead O’Connor’s dramatic ballad power. There probably isn’t much crossover in the WAVE jazz and Lilith Fair markets, so Stern has been sticking more to the vocals of late. Her slow, mesmerizing songs show her working a style with which Sarah McLachlan and Jewel have scored big commercially. Remember that Leni Stern is no “Jane come lately.” She was plowing that sensitive vein back when Jewel was still in elementary school.
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