Michael Reese & Spirit Machine, debuted on Wednesday, August 22, 2018at the Gold Room in Colorado Springs, sponsored by KCOS as part of its Beat Goes On series.
Michael’s music is a constant surprise of virtuosity, reminiscent of Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Clapton, and Santana––andhis signature style which can be best described as a blend of Rock, Blues, Jazz, and Ambient.
After touring the nation with the Grammy-nominated Blue Riddim Band in the mid-80s, Jimmy Lange’s musical tastes expanded into a broader range of musical styles, including Reggae, Blues and Vintage R&B to all manner of soulful, jazzy, funky stuff. He’s been known to set a stage on fire with his magic. And he’s a great writer as well!
Then there’s Steve Cox on bass. Like so many fine players we know got his first exposure to music in grade school. It is so happens that he was the only one in the sixth grade class tall enough to manhandle that big ol’ acoustic bass!
David credits his family for his love of music as he was exposed to a wide variety of sounds from an early age. His grandfather was a jazz drummer from Harlem and counted as especially inspirational and encouraging in David’s takin up the drums.
As a member of the Wendy Woo Band, David has shared a good deal of stage time with Jimmy Lange and Steve Cox, which tends to result in a funky good time and big smiles all around, on stage and off.
David Derby’s obvious musical talents, mixed with his quite infectious, positive vibe, make him a continual favorite among audiences and his fellow players alike.
Michael says, “Spirit Machine is the artist’s tool to be emotionally expressive and inspire to the listener. The electric guitar has been my Spirit Machine most of my life and the sounds of these instruments drew me in at a young age keeping me up late at night playing from an inspiration that always felt like a gift that needed to be shared.”
I’m amazed at how my life unfolds. My work has always revolved around writers, and now suddenly I’m involved in the music industry “Building the Buzz” for musicians whose music is inspiring, evocative, and soul-filled.
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