After six decades, Motown legend Dennis Coffey releases first traditional jazz album

published July 10, 2019 | posted by detroit

The new record, which undoubtedly will be showcased when Coffey makes a now-logical appearance at the Detroit Jazz Festival Aug. 30, features his interpretation of 10 timeless tunes, including "Sunny," "The Shadow of Your Smile," and "Polka Dots and Moonbeams." (Ask your parents, or in some cases your grandparents, to hum the melodies if you're not familiar.) Coffey pays homage to his Motown roots on "Just My Imagination" — with the signature guitar open he invented on the fly in Studio A — and "You Are the Sunshine of My Life," and unleashes his vocal chops on "Kansas City" and "Baby, What You Want Me to Do?" "Yeah, I sing Tuesdays at the club, so I figured I might as well do that, too," he says.

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