Singer-songwriter Lee Trees helped shape Colorado's legendary music scene in the 1970s and 80s, filling Front Range clubs as a solo artist and as part of a popular jazz trio with pianist Steve Barta and bass player Kim Stone, who went on to join Spyro Gyra. 

Now Trees is back with Shadow Play, one of the most beautiful and original locally produced CDs of the year. Trees's soulful voice and songwriting gifts are stronger than ever after a hiatus from the music business. Old friends who happen to be Colorado's finest jazz players - Kip Kuepper, Christian Teele, Mark Oblinger, Steve Conn, Eric Gunnison, Bob Rebholz and Garner Pruitt - join in on this long-awaited recording to welcome him back.  Trees penned nine of the ten songs on Shadow Play, including "Wish Upon the Canvas," a moving tribute to the art of Georgia O'Keeffe, and the haunting title song. Long-time fans who remember Trees's ability to transform pop standards will savor a smoky cover of Stevie Wonder's "My Cherie Amour," slowed down and layered with emotion. Moving gracefully through pop, jazz and folk genres, Trees's sound is ultimately unique, uncategorizable in the best possible sense. 

Shadow Play is proof positive that Colorado-based music has grown up with its listeners to be more sophisticated and even more enjoyable with time. With this much-needed return, Lee Trees brings back Colorado's musical heyday, invigorating it with a fresh voice that long-time fans will embrace and new ones will be thrilled to discover.

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