Desert Island Jazz
Danny Spencer (2004)
Danny Spencer's style exemplifies the best of the Detroit tradition of aggressive and explorative drummers which gave the jazz world Elvin Jones, Freddie Waites, and Louis Hayes among others. His intense propulsive energy combined with his ability for subtle colorations made him Joe Henderson's choice for touring in the seventies and many concerts since. Spencer was also part of the legendary Contemporary Jazz Quintet which recorded for Blue Note and Strata Records.

Spencer recently moved to San Francisco from Detroit, his home for many decades. He has toured, recorded and performed with many international artists including Art Farmer, Dexter Gordon, Sonny Stitt, Blue Mitchel, Dizzy Gilespie, Joe Henderson, Harold Land, Sal Nestico, Grachen Moncur III, Memphis Slim, and Stanley Cowell.
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Elvin Jones Elvin! Buzz-At (OJC)
# 2 Yusef Lateef Into Something When You're Smiling (OJC)
# 3 The Clifford Brown-Max Roach Quintet Brown & Roach, Inc. Mildama (EmArcy)
# 4 Miles Davis The Complete Concert: 1964 (My Funny Valentine and "Four" & More) Joshua (Columbia)
# 5 Buddy Rich 1946-1948 Desperate Desmond (Classics)
# 6 John Coltrane Live at Birdland Afro Blue (Impulse)
# 7 Cannonball Adderley At the Lighthouse What Is This Thing Called Love? (Capitol)
Book Gore Vidal, "Dreaming War: Blood for Oil and the Cheney-Bush Junta"
Luxury Item Popcorn
Alternate Picks/Not Broadcast
Alt 1 Earth, Wind and Fire All 'n' All Serpentine Fire (Columbia)
Alt 2 Dave Holland Not for Nothin' Global Citizen (ECM)
Alt 3 Tony Williams and Lifetime Ego There Comes a Time (Polydor)
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