For decades, Genesis has been one of the strongest and most influential bands in rock history. With this in mind, Leon has crafted an album that captures the essence of the band's music while transcending it to a more contemporary vision. Taking cues from Genesis' own remake of their hit "Carpet Crawlers 1999," Leon has modernized another song from that same album titled "Hairless Heart." The end result was successful enough to warrant a full-blown project. More than your average tribute album, "Leon Plays Genesis" also includes original material done in the various styles of Genesis' illustrious recording past.
Prior to this project Leon had been making music for years, playing and recording with artists on two continents while continuing to hone his solo efforts. With bands such as Genesis, Yes, Pink Floyd, King Crimson and Jethro Tull proving to be his greatest influences. His mellower side is more heavily influenced by the music of Vangelis, Tangerine Dreams and movie soundtracks in general. In his own opinion he "sees" the music more than hears it, referring to the imagery the music evokes in listeners' minds. Some of progressive rock's greatest musicians have perform on Leon's pieces. Rick Wakeman, Bill Bruford, John Goodsall and Billy Sherwood are some of the musicians who have recorded on Leon's projects.
"Leon Plays Genesis and other original stuff" is a CD that every die-hard Genesis fan should have in their collection. Being a fan himself, Leon reflects his own inspiration in the album he created. From the music to the imposing artwork on the gate-fold jacket, the CD recalls the greatest era of progressive rock.