John Sinclair Presents Detroit Artists Workshop: Community, Jazz and Art in the Motor City, 1965-1981

You probably know John Sinclair’s name from his status as a legendary Detroit activist and MC5 manager. But he also worked with trumpeter Charles Moore to put on a wide variety of Detroit Artists Workshop shows that highlighted some of the best local jazz talent. This new compilation gives us a glimpse of the sweet sounds that went down over the years. Some familiar names here (Donald Byrd playing a marvelously moody version of “Cristo Redentor”) and some less familiar names (organist Lyman Woodard sounds fantastic). It’s all killer and it all hangs together nicely, in spite of the differing styles and eras on display. Hopefully, there’s more to come from the Workshop. | t wilcox

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