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The Adventures of Leonid

by Leonid

Critically acclaimed instrumental guitar fantasy that will rock your socks off! From Zappa-esque progrock to surf and '70s Starsky and Hutch funk, the music is exciting and unpredictable! "A record of rare elegance" - Dmitry Epstein
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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1. Overture: Forbidden
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2. Hallucinations
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3. Ghost Town
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4. Run
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5. Bi-polar Sunshine
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6. Funky Bitch
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7. Jack the Riffer
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8. Romance and Requiem
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9. Samadhi
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10. Raga Bhari
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11. Beauty Is Innocence
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12. Finale: Leonid's Return
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13. Yggdrasil
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14. Reprise: Free
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Leon Muhudinov is an eclectic Composer/Guitarist/Teacher from the NJ/NYC area. A versatile musician, his musical explorations include beautiful classical guitar repertoire, exotic world music, progrock, as well as cinematic scores for film/tv. He is also founder of art The Adventures of Leonid featuring veteran drummer Mad Mike Cullens (Chuck Berry, Mick Taylor). His music can be found on iTunes, CDBaby, and most other stores.

Formed in 2004, The Adventures Of Leonid is a group led by Guitarist/Composer Leon Muhudinov, which features a rotating lineup of friends and great musicians on various projects in the NJ/NYC area.

AOL’s self-titled debut was released in 2005 on Mad Hands Records. The album was acclaimed by fans and critics alike for its eclectic composition, exciting virtuosity, romanticism and quirkiness. Journalist Dmitry Epstein called it “a highly enjoyable record of rare elegance.”

Leon is also prolific composer, writing in a wide range of styles including classical guitar, orchestral, chamber music, and progrock. In 2011, he was featured as a segment composer for the series Project Oliver. An arranger and transcriber of popular songs and piano music for classical guitar, most recent transcriptions include the Beatles’ Eleanor Rigby, as well as Debussy’s Clair de Lune, transcribed for two guitars.

Recently, Leon was selected personally by Roger Taylor, drummer of Queen, as a semi-finalist for their Queen Extravaganza Tour. He also contributed a track to the upcoming Van Halen Tribute album which includes current/former members of Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Dio, and Yngwie Malmsteen band.

As a performer and recording artist/session musician, Leon's music has been featured internationally on numerous radio stations, podcasts, and film. His versatility as a session guitarist has led to a wide range of studio work and collaborations with some great musicians/projects. 20th Century Guitar Magazine has called him "an artist of some well earned name recognition."

As an experienced and dedicated guitar teacher, Leon keeps a busy schedule of students of all ages and levels teaching them a wide range of styles.


Highly enjoyable record of rare elegance."

*****

- Dmitry M. Epstein, www.DMME.net, DME Music Site

..."What makes of Leonid a cooler cat than those guys is his eclecticism. The tracks included here variate in shade, hue, heaviness and level of exposition; he seems destined to switch moods because that’s his mission. He can play the guitar, but can he hold out attention? This stuff says Yes, and that’s more than most guitar albums can sound off with a straight-note." -- CD Reviews.com

"Want an eclectic, ultra-unique instrumental guitar record for the upcoming summer? Well Leonid Salvaje is back with something special for your listening pleasure with the Adventures of Leonid and the Daydreamers...this is a fun diverse cd that is certainly worth the purchase for anyone that enjoys something different in the realm of instrumental guitar albums."
-- Matthew Hoffman, HardrockHaven.net

"an intriguing CD from an aspiring artist worthy of some well-earned name recognition."
- 20th Century Guitar Magazine

"Listen up….and learn something. A journey that is exotic, erotic, and electronic, this album takes you around the world in Magellan-like fashion. The sea is absolutely ferocious at times but as dawn approaches, a beautiful sunrise develops and the waters are as calm and soothing as the Mediterranean Sea, as the listener goes to shore, puts on some sunglasses, and drinks a margarita on the beach"
- Ray Phillips


A Must-Have for fans of instrumental, world, psychedelic, prog, experimental, fusion, soundtracks, etc. (Scroll down for Reviews)

Instrumentation

Leonid: electric guitar, classical guitar, electric sitar, vibes, keys, bass, kalimba, etc.

Mad Mike Cullens (Chuck Berry, Mick Taylor): drums, gong,
engineer

Produced at Mad Hands Studios, Teaneck NJ
Mastered by Willy Weist, Take Five Studios, Linden NJ
Artwork by Peter Oumanski
Check out other releases by Leon Muhudinov


"Guitartrip into the unknown of the great wide open. Highly enjoyable record of rare elegance."
-- Dmitry M. Epstein (Read full review below)



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The Gentle Giant Himself

This was sonic intoxication
The reason i like this cd is because I've heard some new ideas being experimented with. Good ideas, nice themes, and mixing of sounds(acoustic, electric, and tones) in ways i've never heard before.


Now some folk may say that leonid is not as good as yogi ingweh mamlstein or joe satriani or steve vai or any of those bonehead shred freaks but that's not what matters here. Those guys got their minute of fame and no one knows who they are now. It doesn't even matter that steve vai played with frank zappa. Everyone remembers zappa's facial hair and they forget that you have to be super to make it in that band. But all random comments aside, It is obvious that leonid spent the time practicing in his basement all those years and perfecting his craft. All of this was done in leon's head, he does not have a computer where he can sit there and harmonize guitars all day and see what sounds best. He is a true modern composer.


I would like to see leon do more live gigs, however it is very difficult to make a meeting of the mind with different talents and artists that's how we get guys like bob dylan,eric clapton, or the trey anastasio band.

Good Luck,

The Gentle Giant

rob

well done
The music on this CD shifts from shred, surf, rock, fusion, and experimental styles in a series of smooth transitions. Just when you think you know what to expect from Leon's music, he'll throw in a curve and surprise you with a fresh new idea. All of the tracks are a solid effort. Recommended listen.

Dmitry M. Epstein

Guitar trip into the unknown of the great wide open.
Not afraid to touch and embellish classic material from the likes of The Fabs and Duke Ellington on his 2003's debut, "Tasty Guitar Lines", this time New Jersey resident Leonid Muhudinov walks his own way with a variety of stringed instruments on his back. Running in with a streamline rock 'n' roll with Beethoven lurking in the shadows, there's a filigree technique on display with no sign of showing off, especially when electricity breaks down into acoustic reverie. But if jazz, country and classical guitar pieces can be expected from the master, the jangly twangy beat of "Ghost Town" comes on as delicious surprise: Hank Marvin has never been so cimenatic - and there's more to the composition, much more! And there's much humor in here, be it Hendrix-cum-Hazel-Hackett transmutations in "Funky Bitch", lush but playful guitar pile-up in "Leonid's Return" or electric sitar of "Samadhi". Highly enjoyable record of rare elegance.

Demi

perfect blend.
I was always a fan of Leon's work in his band, and each album left me wanting more. There was a certain style to all the songs. And now with this album, I can see where that style comes from. This is a wonderful technical/heavy/light/classic/contemporary kind of thing, but its not just limited to those adjectives. The moods change in a natural flow, and there is a perfect blend of piano, guitar, and other instruments. The tracking may be a bit strange, but even that adds the beautifully contorted themes. the bottom line is that it is inspirational and compelling.

Philips Futernik

Listen up....and learn something
A journey that is exotic, erotic, and electronic, this album takes you around the world in Magellan-like fashion. The sea is absolutely ferocious at times but as dawn approaches, a beautiful sunrise develops and the waters are as calm and soothing as the Mediterranean Sea, as the listener goes to shore, puts on some sunglasses, and drinks a margarita on the beach.

Gokhan Balaban


I really liked this CD: the multitude of styles are intended to take you on the adventure that Leonid takes in the album: by way of meticulously organized instrumental melodies.

Gokhan


I'm walking along a paved path in the small town of Krumovgrad, Bulgaria. On one side there are patches of fields owned by the townspeople. Now in this beginning Spring they are preparing the soil for the tobacco harvest. In unused land where the soil has turned into dust shepards are relaxing nice while their cows and sheep feed on grass and chill out. Beyond these flat lands there are rising and dipping valleys made of pine trees and rock.



I usually walk this way with a friend or in navigation alone with my imagination. Adventure can happen anywhere, anytime, under any circumstances. This afternoon I took the beaten path of a new journey with my lovely friend Leonid. Listening to this album in junction with the motion of my steps I felt like a solo-nomad encountering scenarios the quntessential adventurer always encounters.



The styles of Leonid's adventure develop throughout the album as elevations of charged electric riffs and durations of soft acoustic melodies. There is a story captured in musical moods of an adventurer experiencing the revelations, dangers, and triumph of adventuring. In the overture we are introduced to the soaring of an unhindered electric guitar, which represents Flying Leonid. In mid-flight he approaches the easy, slow, acoustic tune of a stranger, then flies off into his own space again. Next Leonid is clearly hallucinating as he slows the tempo of his mighty electrical weapon to the steady, funky beat of bass guitar. Before he has time to come to his senses he is thrust into a Ghost Town, where the inhabitants are trying to entice him into their blending of keyboard sounds.



And thus proceeds the adventure of Leonid, confronting the musical elements of his world with the assured powers he wields in his electrical beast: the second half of the album is influenced by eastern traditions, so we know how far this adventure streches.



The varied experimentation and delivery of the album is wonderfully unpredictable, evokes a multitude of moods for a mulitude of experiences, like any adventure should