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“Rise Up Detroit” is more than just a Detroit-inspired jazz record. Taken individually, any one of the suite’s movements can stand alone as an outstanding piece of music; it has all the elements: beautiful composition, skillful arrangement, excellent musicianship … But Davis’s approach to “Rise Up Detroit” is much more deliberate, much more intentional. It’s wholistic. It’s storytelling.Read More About Xavier Davis - Rise Up Detroit
The band’s repertoire is unmatched, in one set paying tribute to the music of Duke Ellington and Fletcher Henderson, and in another the proto-R&B sounds of Detroit artists such as Paul “Hucklebuck” Williams and King Porter. On some nights an audience might be treated to an entire evening devoted to the Afro-futuristic rhythms of Sun Ra—to whom the name Planet D Nonet is a deferential nod, if not a wink.
13 | Aug
A very fine mixture of musicianship with melodies and plenty of strings, this project is powerful
03 | Aug
Perhaps one of the most surprising elements of Dance/Cry/Dance is that English goes to a lot of different places, which is not surprising given that in some ways the record has two different bands, at times featuring Tucker on piano or organ, and at times featuring Zadravec. The rhythmic emphasis is strong throughout, but there’s a variety of grooves. All of them, however, have an emotional quality in common: they make you want to dance.
Indeed, it is truth.
28 | Jun
Mulgrew-ology, the second Detroit Music Factory recording by Detroit-based jazz pianist, composer and arranger Scott Gwinnell, explores this lesser-spotlighted side of Miller.
Gwinnell intersperses Miller’s compositional ideas throughout a body of arrangements that include songs penned by Miller as well as other artists’ compositions for which he was famous for playing in his certain way—because even when Miller played someone else’s tune, it was a markedly Mulgrew Miller version.