He plays the flute like it moves with the swiftness of guitar chords, the liquidity quality of the keyboards, and possesses the enigmatic presence of the saxophone. He turns his flute into whatever instrument he wants it to be. His latest release Soul Collective, produced and arranged by Allan Phillips, is Leighton's fourth studio album. The songs display a sinewy soul-funk stylistic that shares an association to the work of saxophonist/producer/arranger Darren Rahn and peppered with R&B influences that have an attachment to Earth, Wind & Fire and Tavares. Soul Collective features several guest musicians such as saxophonist Tom Scott on the remake of the Hall & Oates pop single "She's Gone." The interplay of instruments is kiln by a mellifluous gloss as the notes build into billowing crescendos and taper off in the outro. It pumps a euphoric air into the album, which is geared towards a dance-funk destination.