Strayhorn Family endorses “Salute to Strayhorn” by Planet D Nonet
published December 05, 2016 | posted by detroit
The latest release from Detroit's Planet D Nonet is a tribute to one of the 20th Century's jazz and swing greats.
Planet D Nonet, a vibrant little-big band with an expansive repertoire,
explores the full-breadth of the terrain on “A Salute to Strayhorn"
(Detroit Music Factory). The CD includes Strayhorn masterpieces such as
“Smada” and “A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing,” classic collaborations with
Ellington like “Such Sweet Thunder” and a few more popular songs like
“My Little Brown Book”, “Satin Doll” and “Just a-Sittin’ and a-Rockin’”.
together by drummer RJ Spangler and trumpeter James O’Donnell, the band
plays this music with affection, balancing the spirit of the past with
the pop of the present tense.
Strayhorn (1915-67) was a major figure in American music, best known
during his life and for decades after his death as Duke Ellington’s
collaborator. But in the last 20 years, thanks to pioneering
biographical and musicological scholarship and recordings from a variety
of sources, Strayhorn’s reputation has finally managed to escape