Ian Anderson
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“Leslie is the master chef in the kitchen, mixing all these exotic spices and mystical musical influences together. He is a great musician and it´s very rare that you get good musicians and good record producers in the same person. The performance is what Leslie is looking for. He is the mastermind, we just turn up for work.”

“He is a very conscientious, very hard-working man. Probably works too hard…and a very passionate man who has a lot of belief in the power of music and the sophistication that comes with turning pop music forms into something a little more mature and detailed. It is essentially a pop structure with a lot of detail and adventurous musicality and I think that Leslie has brought these elements together.”


Jack Bruce
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“Well he is a very warm person but I think his great talent is the vision that he has when he’s writing the songs, coming up with the ideas. He actually can hear, who’s gonna be doing what, how it’s going to be realised – who’s actually gonna be doing it. I think it’s a great talent. So I think it’s that. That’s a great talent to have. The one who comes to mind the greatest person who had that kind of talent was Duke Ellington that I can think of. He knew exactly who should be in his band.”

“We come from similar back-grounds in that we always liked fusion music as it was called for a while with jazz-rock, in other words kind of grown up rock music if you like – so that’s why I think he came up with the title – soul obviously relating to the kind of funky music that we grew up in with together – and MATES meaning you know that we are ‘lovers’”

“We’re just like a band. That’s the nice thing. When we get together we’ll become a band.”


Steve Lukather
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“He is like the Hungarian Quincy Jones… there is a jazz-sensibility and improvisational sensibility that I’ve never heard before…”
“One of the most generous, gracious people I’ve ever met is Leslie Mandoki… – I got to jam with some of my childhood heroes…and we’ve all become friends. He’s a wonderful guy, he’s become a very close friend of mine…after doing a few records, this trip coming out and hanging out with him and his family – who are absolutely wonderful people – you know it just makes me smile – when I see him I’d love to work with him. Anytime he wants me to play, I’m there!”


Anthony Jackson
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“Leslie is one of those fortunate combinations – what the English call – a muso producer, someone coming from a playing background. So he appreciates players.”

“And so it’s gratifying to work for a producer like Leslie. It’s great, even if you have to fly over the Atlantic Ocean to come here and to be able to do that”


Chaka Khan
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“Leslie and myself we have the same musical DNA and together we can make the best. We are working together since twenty years. I’m so happy about this close friendship and the musical, creative collaboration. He’s a true Soulbrother. I’m here to celebrate 20 years of Soulmates and 20 years of music at its best! He is a great human being and that helps to make a great musician. Someone who is very sensitive. He has some kind of magic going on with him. He´s very unique. He can bring people together and pull the best out of people and get everyone to work together. He is like an alchemist. And I love him very much.“


Al Di Meola
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“A lot has to be said for Leslie Mandoki’s personality and how he can bring everybody together, but that’s a great testament to his ability to produce, you know. Great producers pull people together and have a very good way with them.”

“On the recording SOULMATES it was particularly easy this time, because up until this record we were developing a relationship – but by the time this recording took place we already matured as friends”

„It takes his persistence as a producer because he ́s kind of like that Hungarian Quincy Jones where he puts us. He persistently makes it happen. And that ́s a special talent that he possesses.“


Till Brönner
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„Leslie Mandoki ist nicht einfach nur ein Musiker oder nicht nur ein Produzent, sondern er ist eben alles miteinander, alles zusammen und er ist ein ganzheitlich denkender Mensch. Und immer, wenn jemand ganzheitlich denkt, dann kommen meistens Sachen raus, die Sinn machen und die qualitativ auf einem ganz hohen Niveau stattfinden.“

„Leslie Mandoki muss man als Musikverrückten bezeichnen, das ist ein Kompliment und wenn ich das sage, dann ist das eigentlich so, als ob ich über mich selbst reden würde, und über so viele andere große Künstler, die ich kenne, denen Musik das Allerwichtigste im Leben ist und die kapiert haben, dass Musik einem so viel schenkt, wie fast nichts anderes auf der Welt. Die sich nicht mit dem Alltäglichen zufrieden geben und wissen, dass es da immer noch etwas gibt, was noch ein bisschen besser ist und dafür wirklich Opfer bringen und dafür nicht auf das gucken, was man zurück bekommt, weil die Musik sowieso immer sehr, sehr großzügig mit einem umgeht, das ist Leslie. Es ist eigentlich kein Wunder, dass über all die vielen Jahre Künstler aus allen Sparten, aus allen Generationen immer wieder gern mit Leslie gearbeitet haben und es aktuell einfach immer noch genauso gerne tun.“


David Garrett
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„Leslie ist ein großartiger Musiker und, wie ich finde, von vielen Leuten eigentlich unterschätzt. Also das, was ich bisher mit ihm zusammen gemacht habe, hat mir unglaublich viel Spaß gemacht. Es war auch immer eine große Herausforderung.“

„Es ist mir eine Freude, mit ihm zusammen zu arbeiten. Für mich ist er auch jemand, der in den letzten 35 Jahren etwas ganz Großes geschafft hat. Er ist aus seiner Heimat geflohen, nach Deutschland gekommen und hat dort eigentlich auch so den ‚American Dream‘ verwirklicht – aber auch international, da er mit tollen Künstlern zusammen gearbeitet hat.“

„Es ist eine ganz große Geschichte, die er in den letzten Jahren aufgezogen hat. Ich bin froh, sein Freund zu sein. Ich freue mich aber nicht nur mit ihm befreundet zu sein, sondern auch Projekte mit ihm zusammen zu machen. Für mich ist Leslie Mandoki ein ganz Großer.“


Victor Bailey
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“They are great guys. It’s always some really good music. For this particular time in the music business it’s rare because some guys – they actually get real musicians together and you really play – it’s not all machines, and programs – not that anything is wrong with that – but whenever these guys call I know they really want me to play the bass and that’s always beautiful.”


David Clayton-Thomas
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“So you know, you add to these wonderful, singable melodies Leslie’s lyrics and you know you have a very strong statement and they become unmistakably MAN DOKI albums. What I enjoy most is the meaningfulness, politically, socially and otherwise of the Mandoki lyrics.”


Michael Brecker
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“We enjoy Leslie’s writing and his conception and enjoy working with him and try and bring our musical sensibilities to it. And I think he kind of writes with us in mind as well.”


Randy Brecker
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“And we gave some input what we thought about the arrangements, but basically everything was written and expertly written by the Mandoki group.”


Peter Maffay
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„Ich glaube das Wort „Soulmates“ selber erklärt den Umstand eigentlich ziemlich präzise. Soul kommt von Seele, mates das sind Freunde. Das sind in diesem Fall eine Gruppe von Menschen, die eine gewisse Seelenverwandtschaft besitzen, musikalisch wie auch was andere Lebensinhalte anbelangt.“

„Das Projekt von Leslie ist sehr, sehr gut gecoacht und das ist eine ganz herausragende Eigenschaft von Leslie, dass er viele Menschen zusammenführen kann und diese Menschen in einem Projekt bindet, und daraus etwas Schönes gestaltet.“

„Ich bin froh, dass wir uns über den Weg gelaufen sind. Das war eine gute Fügung des Schicksals. Bei allem Respekt von uns Ungarn, von einigen zumindest, wird behauptet, dass sie hinter einem in eine Drehtür gehen und vor einem rauskommen. Einem solchen bin ich begegnet. Lieber Leslie, herzliche Gratulation! Ich bin stolz Dein Freund zu sein.“

„Leslie kann sich erlauben unformatiert Musik zu machen. Er macht das, was er musikalisch für richtig und vertretbar hält, ungeachtet des „Zwanges“, den der Markt manchmal versucht auf uns auszuüben.“


Udo Lindenberg
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„Es war der Beginn einer wundervollen Freundschaft und einer tollen künstlerischen Zusammenarbeit, die bis heute anhält. Leslie ist ein exzellenter Musiker. Es ist schon erstaunlich, was er da zusammenbringt an Weltmeistern und was er noch alles zusätzlich leistet mit seinen Soundtracks. Also Leslie – geil, dass wir dich haben und gut, dass du damals heil durch den Tunnel gekommen bist. Dein Freund Udo”


Bobby Kimball
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“When I come over and work for Leslie, I want to give him the best that I have. It’s such an honour to come and work with all of the great musicians that he assembles. I think categorically it’s a class of its own. Everyone of the characters gets to shine. I learned so much from all of these guys and to come and be able to work with them and make the kind of music that Leslie is successfully trying to achieve – it’s such a wonderful feeling.”

“Leslie Mandoki will always be in the middle here and with each project he does it becomes a little closer to being almost like a local band. We’re melting together as a group now and each of us feels a little more like let’s get the band together and play a concert.”


Greg Lake
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“What is great about it, is the bringing together of a lot of really great musicians, who understand each other. We almost don’t need to speak. Because we speak through the music and I think, that is the beauty of it. The reason I do it, is because I like Leslie – we are friends, but I also enjoy playing with the great quality musicians. You hear a lot of different music. You know, music from all spheres: there is jazz, there is rock, there is soul ballads, you know a whole mixture of music that is played by one of the best bands you will ever hear. That’s why I do it. It is fun to play in this atmosphere, when the musicians just play for the love of music really. It is a wonderful feeling. It´s more like a family. You hear an expression and you often hear musicians say, that there is a lot of love in the room – that is what you feel right here. It is people, who you know, musicians tend to be very soulful – generous people – they give all the time, you know. All of a sudden it happens that something turns out with so much power and feeling that it communicates with people. You know – that is just the way of music.”


John Helliwell
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“Leslie is also the captain of the ship, the ship of the soulmates that ploughs its way across humanity and Leslie knows where to steer.The Soulmates are people with heart and it comes over. Real people playing real music. That´s what I like to do. It´s nice to relax under the umbrella of Leslie. He´s like a big umbrella getting everyone inside. I quite like that.”


Nick Van Eede
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„He has this ability to get together big names and they love it, they want to do it and it works. It doesn ́t seem to be any egos going on. Big stars and it ́s just everybody is sharing the dressing room and the whisky, the stories. And that´s unusual , so hats off to Leslie! I don´t know anybody else in the world that can pull this off.“


Chris Thompson
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