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Dennis Coffey

Dennis Coffey is an American original. Only in America (and specifically, only in Detroit) could one man play guitar with a group of legends as diverse as Del Shannon, The Temptations, and George Clinton and Funkadelic. However, the list of iconic artists, producers and writers Dennis has worked with the world over only scratches the surface of what the man has done and the contributions he’s made to the canon of popular music. Dennis Coffey first began to make his mark as a member of The Royaltones, a group which had hits in the late 50’s and early 60’s and who performed sessions with other artists, including Del Shannon

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Randy Napoleon: Common Tones

Read "Common Tones" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Randy Napoleon may represent the new school of Detroit guitar players emerging from the lineage of Kenny Burrell and (Motown) Funk Brothers Dennis Coffey and Joe Messina, but his approach and sound on Common Tones are old school for sure. His fifth set as a leader (on the Detroit Music Factory label) collaborates across four generations ...

ARTICLE: FROM THE INSIDE OUT

Back in the Day, Around the World

Read "Back in the Day, Around the World" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Brooklyn Funk Essentials Stay Good Dorado Records 2019 Back in the day, jazz bands like Roy Ayers' Ubiquity and soul bands like the Ohio Players played more than jazz and soul. Jazz and soul were their main ingredient, but only one ingredient among others stirred in ...

Live at Baker's

Label: Omnivore Recordings
Released: 2019
Track listing: Little Sunflower; Chicago Song; Scorpio; Moonlight In Vermont; Just My Imagination; The Sermon; All Blues; Way Back Home; Dink’s Blues.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Dennis Coffey: Live at Baker's

Read "Live at Baker's" reviewed by Doug Collette

The intimations of springtime on guitarist Dennis Coffey's Live at Baker's place it more closely in line with the balmy tone of Hot Coffey in the D: Burnin' At Morey Baker's Showplace Lounge (Resonance Records, 2016) than the insistent rhythm workout of One Night at Morey's: 1968 (Omnivore, 2018). Nevertheless, this three concert release, like its ...

One Night at Morey's: 1968

Label: Omnivore Recordings
Released: 2018
Track listing: I’m a Midnight Mover; Eleanor Rigby; Cissy Strut; Groovin’; Burning Spear; It’s Your Thing/Union Station; Mindbender; Big City Lights; Billie’s Bounce.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Dennis Coffey: One Night at Morey's: 1968

Read "One Night at Morey's: 1968" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

And all of the sudden, Funk Brother guitarist Dennis Coffey is one hot cuppa joe. With the 2017 Resonance Records' release of Hot Coffey In The D--Burnin' At Morey Baker's Showplace Lounge we listeners have become reacquainted with the guitarist who seasoned such Detroit recordings as The Temptations' “Ball of Confusion" (Gordy, 1970); Edwin Starr's “War" ...

Hot Coffey in the D – Burnin at Morey Baker’s Showplace Lounge

Label: Resonance Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Fuzz; By The Time I Get to Phoenix; The Look of Love; Maiden Voyage; The Big D; Casanova (Your Playing Days are Over); Wade in the Water.

Hot Coffey in the D – Burnin' at Morey Baker’s Showplace Lounge

Label: Resonance Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Fuzz; By The Time I Get to Phoenix; The Look of Love; Maiden Voyage; The Big D; Casanova (Your Playing Days are Over); Wade in the Water.

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Dennis Coffey: Hot Coffey and The Pursuit of Excellence

Read "Dennis Coffey: Hot Coffey and The Pursuit of Excellence" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Every Tuesday night at the Northern Lights Lounge on Baltimore Street in Detroit, you'll find a funky little guitar-organ trio setting up musical shop. You'll find Julian Vanslyke on drums and Phil Whitfield on organ. And playing right in between them, you'll find one of the world's best guitarists--Dennis Coffey. You may not know ...


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