Alexander Zonjic - Doin' The D (2009)

Alexander Zonjic
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Flutist Alexander Zonjic is a legend in Detroit (the "D"), where he's been a mainstay in the jazz scene for over three decades. And he pays homage to his adopted hometown in the title of his newest CD on the Heads Up International label. Working with a fine cast of players including Kenny G, Rick Braun, Bob James, Jeff Lorber and Chieli Minucci, he serves up a mostly upbeat set, ranging from the bouncy Summer cut, "Top Down," to the guitar-laden "Passion Island." But he modifies the tempo nicely on the pretty "Little Sunflower" and on the cut most likely to appeal to soul music fans, a cover of the Guess Who's "Undun" with Maysa handling vocals. Doin' the D comes at just the right time for Summer cruising down Woodward Avenue and is a welcome addition to Zonjic's formidable discography. Recommended.

By Chris Rizik

Flutist Alexander Zonjic is a legend in Detroit (the "D"), where he's been a mainstay in the jazz scene for over three decades. And he pays homage to his adopted hometown in the title of his newest CD on the Heads Up International label. Working with a fine cast of players including Kenny G, Rick Braun, Bob James, Jeff Lorber and Chieli Minucci, he serves up a mostly upbeat set, ranging from the bouncy Summer cut, "Top Down," to the guitar-laden "Passion Island." But he modifies the tempo nicely on the pretty "Little Sunflower" and on the cut most likely to appeal to soul music fans, a cover of the Guess Who's "Undun" with Maysa handling vocals. Doin' the D comes at just the right time for Summer cruising down Woodward Avenue and is a welcome addition to Zonjic's formidable discography. Recommended.

By Chris Rizik

 

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