City Slang: There’s a new solo album from the MC5’s Wayne Kramer on the way

January 22, 2014
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Wayne Kramer, guitarist with legendary Detroit band the MC5, is about to release a solo jazz record called Lexington.

When asked about the album title, Kramer said, “I had buried my penitentiary experience in my psyche, but after a few years of sobriety I started looking inward into how I became who I am and found that this was a turning point in my life where almost everything that I had experienced intersected — being a musician, politics, crime, ambition, art — and the effects were profound. Once I started digging. Almost at the same time I was hired to score a film for PBS on the very institution I served my sentence in. So this brought everything to the surface and it occurred to me that this could be more than a film score. That this could actually be a musical narrative of the second half of my adult life.”

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Musicians appearing on the record include: Phil Ranelin- trombone
Dr. Charlie Moore- partner and collaborator
Tigran Hamasyan- piano
Buzzy Moore-tenor sax and oboe
Bob Hurst- upright bass
Eric Gardner-drums
Brock Avery-drums
Doug Lun- bass


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