Monday, May 17, 2010


John Sinclair & Planet D: If You’se A Viper

Justin Jozwiak (alto sax & cl), Jim Holden (tenor sax & cl), Joshua James (alto, bari & cl), James O'Donnell (trumpet 1), Ken Ferry or Jason Bohde (trumpet 2), John Paxton (trombone) or Tony Buccelli (trombone), Bill MacLeod or Noah Jackson (upright bass), Dave Gadd (piano), RJ Spangler (drums).

The Planet D Nonet - "Blowin' Away  The Blues"
A rousing little big band blues party! This 6 song EP is the debut recording for the Planet D Nonet, a down & dirty little swing band from Detroit. It contains jump blues and other blues related party music! Leaders RJ Spangler (drums) & James O'Donnell (growl trumpet master) put together a fine nine piece band to celebrate their favorite music from late 1920's to the early 1950's. Detroit's queen of the blues, Miss Alberta Adams, guests on one track. Northern Soul singer Buddy Smith lays down a hard hitting slow blues and top Detroit saxman Keith Kaminksi is featured on several great solos!

The Planet D Nonet - "Ballads, Blues & Beyond"
Just as the name says, Ballads, Blues & Beyond features great ballads by Tadd Dameron & Ellington & Hodges, swinging blues by Johnny Hodges, Billy Strayhorn & King Porter, ending with an uptempo number by Sun Ra. The Planet D Nonet is great little nine piece siwng band co-led by drummer RJ Spangler and growl trumpet master James O'Donnell. Real Detroit swing music.

The Planet D Nonet - "The Little Big Band"
The Planet D
This two-song 45RPM vinyl single from PD9 features Buddy Smith on "Country Girl" and Keith Kaminski on "Honeydripper". The Planet D Nonet is about swing, blues, space-age jazz and classic American songs all served up with plenty of good humor. Check it out.

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