Release Date: June 28, 2018
Although Mulgrew-ology is a deep-dive into the essence of Miller’s compositional skills, Gwinnell takes what Miller did in his compositions and uses that imprint in different ways throughout his arrangements. The 17-piece orchestral arrangements help provide Gwinnell a blank canvas with which to bring the album to life, and listeners who are not new to Miller will appreciate the uncharacteristic choice.
Release Date: May 25, 2018
Detroit Music Factory’s release of Gayelynn’s newest record, McKinFolk: The New Beginning, is an ode
to her father’s musical legacy.
Release Date: October 28, 2016
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.
Release Date: April 01, 2016
Randy Napoleon has an all-finger approach; at least that’s what George Benson says of the Detroit-based jazz guitarist, whose highly melodic and groove-oriented style showcases a harmonic richness and giant acoustic sound.
“He doesn’t use just thumb or pick,” observes Benson in a 2010 interview with Vintage Guitar Magazine. “He’s spectacular.”
Release Date: September 28, 2015
Southeastern Michigan jazz drummer Sean Dobbins has been the most active sideman on the local scene during the first decade of the new millennium for good reason. A facile, limber, inventive, and playful musician who adds extreme value to any band, his happy persona and zest for life easily translate into every performance.