Release Date: August 06, 2020
Trumpeter Anthony Stanco brings a fresh sound to a standard artform with this body of work. From the melodious ballads to the swing tracks, you can hear the heart and soul that went into the compositions as well as the knowledge absorption of his mentors.
Being his first release on Detroit Music Factory, “You Know The Feeling” is a great introduction to the music world. It is equally yoked and illustrates this frontman’s talent. This record has heavy hitters assembled on it, including Michael Dease and Rodney Whitaker, just to single out two.
Release Date: February 26, 2020
Tbone’s discography spans dozens and dozens of recording projects, but his 2020 release on Detroit Music Factory, Back in Your Own Backyard, marks the first time he’s the featured artist on a full-length CD. He’s joined on the record by his longtime musical partner and fellow Detroit Music Factory recording artist, drummer RJ Spangler, as well as the RJ Spangler Quartet, and a number of guest artists.
Release Date: October 03, 2019
Common Tones is Napoleon’s second record on Detroit Music Factory. It explores the balance that comes from the intergenerational musical exchange that is as foundational to jazz as any elements of sound or expression.
Release Date: May 28, 2019
“Making records at Hitsville was a very creative process in which the whole was greater than the sum of the individual parts,” says Coffey. “That’s the part that people don’t talk about. It was the teamwork that really made those records work, that’s what we did.”
Not to say that the individual musicians weren’t bringing their distinctive talents to the sessions – that unforgettable opening guitar line on “Just My Imagination” … Coffey made that up on the spot, playing music they had never seen nor rehearsed before the
session, as was often the case. But as he puts it, he played, before anything else, what the music called for.
By contrast, Coffey’s solo work is much more singular. When he’s the featured artist, his style comes through regardless of the genre of music. Whether it’s a funk tune or a jazz standard, you can always tell it’s him.
As a traditional jazz record, what we hear on Down by the River may reflect less of the structure of Coffey’s most famous session work, and perhaps echo more of what he was playing in the listening clubs of Detroit during that same era.
As can be expected, the lineup of musicians that join Coffey on the record are some of Detroit’s best, including: Steve Adams,
Phil Whitfield, John Barron, Mark Byerly, John Rutherford, Keith Kaminski, Damon Warmack, Gayelynn McKinney and Demetrius Nabors.
Release Date: May 17, 2019
“People love hearing two saxophones,” says tenor player Steve Wood. “But it’s more than just the idea of the conflict. I think another thing that people like about it is that both guys are playing the same instrument, but they sound completely different. It’s kind of interesting how two people can take the same instrument and yet sound so totally unlike each other.”
Wood studied music at one of the country’s first jazz programs, under the direction of Marvin “Doc” Holiday at Oakland University. He’s one of the two tenor saxophone players featured in Detroit Tenors. The group’s debut Detroit Music Factory recording, by the same name, is very much about the two-tenor saxophone tradition in jazz.
Detroit Tenors the record, like Detroit Tenors the band, is a shared vision between Wood and fellow tenor saxophone player, Carl Cafagna.