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David Williams - Tipping My Hat To Leonard

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When David Williams sings about tipping his hat, as he does on the title track to his Tipping My Hat to Leonard album, he's lifting said chapeau to none other than the late Leonard Cohen. Williams doesn't sound a lick like Cohen, even though he many times sings with Lenny's same world-weary tone. Rather, Williams plays a variety of gypsy jazz that brings Dan Hicks to mind, more than the man that once occupied the Tower of Song.

In fact, one track is titled "Who Let That Django Jazz into the Room," which is an obvious tribute to one inventor of the style of music Williams plays, Django Reinhardt. Like everything else on this album, Williams sings it with a grizzled, scratchy voice, like the true troubadour he is.

Williams has accomplished a lot in his varied career. He's a visual artist, a cartoonist and has written a book about neuroscience. Nope, not your typical pop musician. In addition to his smart and fun adult songs, he's also written songs for a PBS show that earned him an Emmy.

With the many smart songs contained on Tipping My Hat to Leonard, we should also be tipping our hats to David Williams.

David Williams - Tipping My Hat To Leonard
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