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Issue 1101

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Detroit Artists Workshop: Community, Jazz and Art In The Motor City 1965-1981 (Strut)

Detroit Artists Workshop: Community, Jazz and Art In The Motor City 1965-198 (Strut)

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UK release date 14.10.2022

Strut and Art Yard team up and present the results of a 5-year collaborative project delving into the archives of author, DJ and activist, John Sinclair, with the first-ever retrospective of the influential Detroit Artists Workshop, spanning 1965 to 1978. This is the other side of Motor City the exciting and exploratory jazz side.

Similar now to what cats such as Kamazi  Washington do: The Artists Workshop Society formed as a cooperative community, providing spaces for musicians to rehearse and to promote live concerts showcasing a range of progressive jazz artists across town. This first compilation of Detroit Artists Workshop is a real treat as these jazz crate diggers have unearthed some heavy gems.

The Lyman Woodard Organization with “Déjà Vu” is just one fine example of a huge slab of Latin jazz-funk with fat horns driven by baritone, explosive percussion and acute B3 Hammond. This is a real find and from a stinging live gig, perfectly capturing the bristling energy.
Words Emrys Baird

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