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Delandria Mills

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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Recorded in February 2005 but released only recently, Manifestation is a cleanly produced, solid, well-crafted work by an artist with a real talent for melding classical and jazz performance technique. The album’s thirteen songs are sophisticated, elegant and graceful, propelled by Mills’ butterfly-like flute trills and runs.
The flutist’s musicians are equally accomplished and creative, exuding the easy swing and shuffle of a late-night jam session. Although most of the tracks are instrumental, some include snatches of vocals that are atmospheric but still in step with the album’s ambience.

But whether you consider Manifestation “inspirational jazz” or just “jazz,” or Delandria Mills a “kingdom flutist” or simply a “jazz flutist” – and believe me, the average listener doesn’t know the difference – you can’t help but enjoy this lovely CD. It is a musician’s album, oozing with impressive, quality performances.
Four of Five Stars - Bob Marovich


It may come as a surprise to hear that Delandria Mills, a skillful jazz flutist with a carnivorous Kind of Blue appetite, played for Soundcheck; Tye Tribbett’s musical troupe. Soundcheck, who boasts with the kind of bragging rights used by veteran session bands, is a brilliant catalyst for Tribbett’s creative energies, but Mills proves she’s more than a funky good time on her instrumental-laden offering Manifestation. It’s like an episode of the classic “double personalities” comparative when you place the two oddities side by side. Manifestation, a playground composed of her original compositions and therapeutic flute trills, is a gentle brew of sophisticated jazz improvisation and rightly showcases the adventurous undertakings and unpredictable flairs of a laid-back classic Bob James or Hubert Laws effort. The production is clean, clear and impossibly hard to achieve for independent jazz musicians. - J Matthew Cobb


Discography

Delandria's Discography:
CD "Manifestion" 2008, Jazz
CD "Be Happy" 2010, Jazz
CD "Ephphatha" 2011, Jazz/Hip Hop Fusion
CD "Kingdom Goes Classical" 2010, Classical

All project play nationwide on the airways.

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Flutist/Singer/Songwriter Delandria mills is carving a place in the music industry with her unique combination of jazz, classical, and gospel. A native of Houston, Texas, Delandria holds a music degrees from Prairie View A&M University (BA), and from the Peabody Conservatory of Music (MM, Flute Performance and GPD, Jazz Studies).

Delandria’s musical approach combines her beautifully velvet style, soulful interpretation, and extensive musical training to add dimension to her work, with the influences of Hubert Laws, Freddie Hubbard, and many other Classical, Jazz, and Gospel artists, to produce a distinct sound.

Her impeccable skills earned her the top prize at the National Flute Association’s Jazz Flute Competition in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2003 and led to her being selected as one of six international young women to win the International Association of Jazz Educators’ Sisters in Jazz Collgiate Competition in 2005, which resulted in a European tour. She is the founder and leader of the Delandria Mills Jazz Collective, served in, “Soundcheck”, the critically acclaimed band behind gospel pioneer Tye Tribbett and Greater Anointing, and she has collaborated with some the industries finest jazz and gospel artists.