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Rays of the Sun

by Planet D Nonet

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The Planet D Nonet present a Rays Of The Sun, their 2nd space-age tribute to the music Sun Ra. A prolific composer, Sun Ra made numerous recordings over the course of many decades & led a band that featured many great jazz improvisors. This recording features the talented Sun Ra Arkesta trumpeter Michael Ray as featured guest. Also accompanying the PD9 were progressive bassist Joel Peterson, and veteran Detroit percussionists Akunda Hollis and Jerry LeDuff. As always, RJ Spangler brings his unit of crack musicians which include PD9 co-leader/trumpeter James O’Donnell, Ken Ferry also on trumpet, Justin Jozwiak on alto sax and flute, Daniel Bennett on tenor sax, Musical Director Joshua James on baritone sax, & bass clarinet, John ‘T-Bone” Paxton on trombone and vocals, and Michael Malis on keyboards. For PD9 leader RJ Spangler, “Rays Of The Sun” was a labor of love.


released December 2, 2014



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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