Twenty-one years after the release of Take It To The Vertical, Deniz Tek has released his second solo album Detroit. While other releases may have had his name at the top, this one is all Deniz. Those twenty-one years have seen constant touring with Radio Birdman, The Deniz Tek Group, The Golden Breed, Penny Ikinger, Dodge Main, DTK-MC5 and the Visitors.
A year of preparation preceeded the sessions for the album that became Detroit. Two songs were recorded with Bob and Steve Brown and then another five songs were demoed at the end of 2010. Album sessions began in January 2011, with Ric Parnell in the drum stool. By the end of the year 14 songs had been recorded and the focus turned to the finish work. Economical guitars and powerful rhythm section are all that is needed to get the point across A bit of blues harp and some keyboard coloring are the only extravagances.
A vinyl release was always part of the plan. Deniz arranged to take the album to Houston to mix at Sugarhill, with Mort Bradley behind the desk. At this point it was decided to mix the album in mono as well as stereo. The vinyl release would be released in mono and the CD would get the stereo mix. The vintage equipment would give the proeedings a proper vacuum tube glow when it hit the master tape.
Detroit is a deep complex album in many ways. The stripped down trio format gives the album a stark sound that carries the weight of the words, a grim assessment of the decline of the Motor City.