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MaiGroup - Metamorphosis - album of the week!

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Estonia: MaiGroup’s new album Metamorhosis is the album of the week in Eesti Ekspress. Read the beautiful review by Priit Hõbemägi HERE.

“Metamorphosis symbolizes my growth as a musician and as a person”, Mai Leisz, bassplayer and composer who is originally from Saaremaa, Estonia, wrote in the booklet of her new album “Metamorphosis”. Mai who has studied music in Estonia and Sweden, recorded her new album in USA, flying her Swedish co-musicians over to Los Angeles. Mai’s music is narrative, even literary and it is also supported by song titles which usually bring a certain shape and mood before one’s eyes. Everyone in the band is a virtuoso on their instrument and Mai’s dialogue with each member is very enjoyable. Her bass tone is smooth, yet demanding and self-defining through the entire album.

There are several world famous stars featured on the album, for example David Crosby on “Here It’s Almost Sunset” (which is a new version of a song that Mai and David co-wrote together, released on David Crosby’s “Sky Trails” album in 2017); saxophone player Charles Lloyd on “Three Nights” and guitarist Bill Frisell on “Gregory”. Their performances all shine but they blend perfectly with the group of young Estonian-Swedish musicians. The listener can perceive clarity, purity and sorrow in Mai’s music. It’s filled with nature and pure emotion. Several pieces have a connection with butterflies and in the music one can even detect the fluttering rhythm of the butterfly wings as they fly in the currents of the air.

Mai Leisz’s album Metamorphosis is undoubtedly a new level in her music where jazz superstars support her musical ideas, enriching it with their own experiences and helping her songs to reach even loftier heights.


MaiGroup-Metamorphosis - out now!

Bassist Mai Leisz has been keeping busy for the past few years playing with David Crosby in his Sky Trails band. Prior to her incredible journey to the U.S. she was releasing music with her own band, MaiGroup. Now she’s culminated her recent experiences into a new album, aptly entitled Metamorphosis. 

The album features Leisz on fretted and fretless basses, spending equal time between foundational grooves and sublime melodicism. Three special guests make appearances including David Crosby, guitarist Bill Frisell, and saxophonist Charles Lloyd. Mai’s husband, co-producer and multi-instrumentalist Greg Leisz, also appears on three tracks, adding to the album’s personal touch.

Track list:

  1. Monarch

  2. Jackson’s Front Yard

  3. Palos Verdes Blue

  4. Here It’s Almost Sunset (feat. David Crosby)

  5. Gregory (feat. Bill Frisell)

  6. Three Nights (feat. Charles Lloyd)

  7. Planted, Not Buried

  8. Metamorphosis

Buy the album on iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp, Deezer etc. CD’s are available for purchase on

https://www.311.ee/mai-leisz-eng

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MaiGroup feat. David Crosby

The first guest artist on MaiGroup’s upcoming album Metamorphosis, due to be released on April 23 2019, is the two time member of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - David Crosby.

I’m beyond grateful to have my big inspiration and my friend, David Crosby, sing on one song “Here It’s Almost Sunset” which David and I wrote together. It was also released as our first single. That’s us in the studio recoding his vocals… His singing is absolutely sublime….This is such an honor for me and even though I have been playing bass in his Sky Trails band for a few years now and we have become really close friends, I still have to pinch myself - David Crosby singing on MY album? Thank you David… - Mai Leisz

Photo by Greg Leisz

Photo by Greg Leisz

Here it’s almost sunset feat. David crosby

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MaiGroup’s first single “Here It’s Almost Sunset”, a song that Mai wrote with David Crosby, is now out worldwide on all the major platforms! It’s a brand new version of a song that was released on David’s “Sky Trails” album in 2017.

David Crosby - vocals
Mai Leisz - bass & background vocals
Greg Leisz - lap steel guitar, 12-string guitar, background vocals
Calle Stålenbring - guitar
Jonathan Lundberg - drums
Mixed by Jim Scott/Plyrz Studios
Mastered by Thomas Eberger/Stockholm Mastering