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Ballads, Blues & Beyond

by Planet D Nonet


(20 copies left!) 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. From 2010, this one and Blowing Away the Blues were released together and started it off for the PD9. Bassist Noah Jackson tours the world now with NEA Jazz Master Abdullah Ibrahim, this was his very first recording session.


released December 2, 2014

Justin Jozwiak, Jim Holden & Josh James on saxes
James O;Doennll, Ken Feryy on trumpets, Tbone Paxton on trombone
Dave Gadd on piano, Noah Jackson on string bass, RJ Spangler on drums
Skeeto Valdez drums on Saturn
Tony Buccelli takes a 'bone solo on #3
Pat Seymour is featured on alto sax on # 2
Ian Knox alto sax solo on #3
Joe O;Mara alto solo on trank #6
David McWilliams trumpet on tracks #1, 4 & 6
Mario Rodriguez trumpet tracks # 2 & 5



Planet D Nonet Detroit, Michigan

The PLANET D NONET "a down & dirty little swing band from Detroit" was founded by drummer RJ Spangler & trumpeter James O’Donnell.

The Planet D Nonet is about swing, blues, space-age jazz and classic American songs all served with plenty of good humor with an eye toward turning people onto this kind of music. Check it out...
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