The Charlie Dentel Band
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The Charlie Dentel Band

Ypsilanti, Michigan, United States | SELF

Ypsilanti, Michigan, United States | SELF
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"Review of CD "Innocent Things""

For his second solo album, Innocent Things, Charlie Dentel invited several members of the Motor City Horns into the studio with him and came out with a jazzy album that's livelier than his previous effort, Walls of Stone, yet still retains much of the singer/songwriter folkiness that seems at the core of the Midwesterner's sound. Besides this folky essence, the pianist has also retained his producer and longtime collaborator, Brian Delaney, who with Gene Fiero (of Single Sound Recording) gives Innocent Things a spare yet glistening production that places Dentel's sweet and often soulfully inflected voice at the fore. The foundation of piano and horns elevate the singing and Dentel's self-penned lyrics (sans the Ray Charles cover, "What Would I Do?"), especially on the absolutely beautiful title track as well as the joyous and uplifting "Praise the Day." These two highlights are joined by six others songs on Innocent Things, and all share a similar tone and style, which results in a solid 30-minute album that leaves you hungry for a bit more, as all rewarding listens should. ~ Jason Birchmeier, Rovi - All Music Guide

"Charlie Dentel project gets credit"

It’s been nearly a decade since Mark Byerly, Bob Jensen, Keith Kaminski and John Rutherford — all Detroit area horn players — were brought together by Ann Arbor musician Charlie Dentel to record an album with him.

It was a project that got the four thinking, and led to the formation of the Motor City Horns and, recently, the release of the group’s first album, “Local Boys.”

“Right after we worked with Charlie, we started talking about forming a horn section and marketing ourselves to work on projects,” says trombonist Rutherford (see link for full article) - The Oakland Press


Walls of Stone, 2000
Innocent Things, 2003



Charlie Dentel Story

Since the mid '80's, Charlie Dentel has been bringing his unique brand of original rock and roll, roots, and soul music to audiences in the midwest, the east coast, and the west coast. First with a band called Third Rail and then Juice, formed with Ahvram Novetsky, Ben Wilson, and Alex Johnson, Dentel performed all over the midwest and released Juice's self-titled LP in 1989.

From 1991-1994, Dentel lived in San Francisco, CA and performed in a band called Big Fun with guitarist/producer Matt Singleton, and maintained a solo presence recording and performing at venues including the Club Komotion and the Bottom of the Hill. Dentel was featured on a Komotion International Compilation CD in 1993.

From 1994-1996, Charlie studied music at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA and continued as a solo artist at venues including the OK Hotel and the Crocodile Cafe.

In 1996, he formed the group Five Ton Creek in Ann Arbor with Ahvram Novetsky and Brian Delaney, performing at venues including the Blind Pig and the Gypsy Cafe until 2000, when Dentel teamed up with Brian Delaney for his first solo CD release with Walls of Stone.

Charlie followed that CD up with a collaboration with the Motor City Horns called Innocent Things in 2003. Performances with this project included the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival, and Greektown Casino.

Charlie Dentel is also a dedicated music educator and holds a position as a K-5 General Music Teacher in the Plymouth-Canton Community School District in Plymouth, MI. The fall of 2011 will mark his 13th year as a music teacher. His choirs perform at the Village Theater in Canton, MI and Compuware Arena in Plymouth, MI.

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