Reviews of El Dee, Charles Boles Quartet and Tinariwen 

Weekly music roundup.

El Dee
Endearment
Quack Media 

El Dee’s latest effort is a gorgeous little record. The band’s name is likely derived from the initials of singer Lauren Deming, who has one of the most beautifully unique, emotive and damned sultry voices in town. The band is at its best when it’s leaning heavily into the past while stamping one foot down in the now and even the future. “Moon Eyes” could be from the ’40s, were it played on different instruments. As it is, the strong keys give it a modern feel. The whole album follows that theme, resulting in perhaps the best local album of the year so far.
 

Charles Boles Quartet featuring Ron English 
Blue Continuum
Detroit Music Factory/Mack Avenue  

This is a beautifully delicate jazz record from Boles, who grew up in Detroit’s famed Black Bottom and was mentored by the legendary Barry Harris, sitting in on jam sessions at Harris’ house. “There was always something going on over there,” Boles says. “Back then, jam sessions were mostly a learning experience, especially at Barry’s house.” He was able to pick up tips from some of the best then, and it shows today. Along with guitarist Ron English, and a very good band, Boles has constructed an excellent jazz, post-bop and blues album.
 

Tinariwen
Emmaar
Anti- 

Tinariwen is a band from the Sahara Desert region of northern Mali, though the Emmaar album was recorded in another desert, Joshua Tree in California, and released by Anti-, the sister label of Epitaph. It’s a frankly stunning piece of work. The traditional vocals and hypnotic, authentic guitar work blend beautifully with guest spots by the likes of poet Saul Williams, Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer and fiddle man Fats Kaplin. Half of the band has been founding members since the ’80s, while others grew up as fans and joined in the ’90s. It’s intergenerational multi-culture at its finest.

Tags:

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

May 12, 2021

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit

© 2021 Detroit Metro Times - Contact Us

Website powered by Foundation