Leo’s band, The Contemporary Music Coalition is a cooperative ensemble that has been dubbed “a group with an exciting blend of new sounds” by Jazz Report magazine. Performing their own fresh and original compositions, they have shared stages with such celebrated artists as Betty Carter, Oliver Lake, Henry Threadgill, McCoy Tyner and a host of other contributors of note. Since 1991 they have annually delighted audiences in Europe, where they’ve garnered rave reviews from England to Slovenia to Germany.
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What the critics have said:
“CMC’s Unknown Beauty is a worthy album, with the promise of even better things ahead.”
Kevin Whitehead -
Cadence Magazine

“Leo’s compositions can range from the hard bop sounds to the threshold of free jazz. Leo’s musical conception is closely aligned with some of the traditions espoused by Chicago’s AACM in that his music is liable to cover anyone of the facets of the entire jazz spectrum."
Jazz Report -
Cleveland, Ohio


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“Well grounded in mainstream jazz, CMC seldom ventures out too far, but when they do, their ideas show inspiration from the AACM or BAG graduates and other practitioners of the avant garde style.”
Cleveland Free Times
Cleveland, Ohio

“We’re delighted to get Leo Coach and CMC back playing their own compositions. CMC promises an exciting blend of new sounds for the Jazz at the Stifel audience.”

Jazz at the Stifle Arts Center
Wheeling, West Virginia

“Leo Coach’s composition, Time and the Migration of Whales, proved to be a compelling work.”

Tucson Newsreel
Tucson, Arizona

Leo Coach’s ensemble, CMC is a fresh invigorating band”

The Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland, Ohio

“Good performances by fine artists…worthy of your attention.”

New Alternatives Magazine

Unknown Beauty, TMC2 Records, 90001

Rewind, TMC2 Records, 93001

Tao Jones, Goblin Bee Records, GB7712

Lament for Raymond Carver, Goblin Bee Records, GB2002

There is no Blueprint, Goblin Bee Records, GB2001


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