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June 16, 1978 - Image 12

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Page 12-Friday, June 16, 1978-The Michigan Daily

THE EARLE resumed its outstan-
ding spotlight jazz acts Wednesday
night as the Lyman Woodard
Organization dazzled the crowd with
hot soul-jazz music. Woodard, a main-
stay of the Detroit jazz scene who has
performed with such acts as Un-
Disputed Truth, Martha and the Van-
dellas, and Chuck Jackson, has a heavy
soul music influence. "It is jazz with a
disco beat," he said. "We like to diver-
sify by playing different things like
bebop, a bit of funk and rock."
This was apparent from the perfor-
mance, which consisted of com-
positions mostly by Woodard and his
group. Woodard, who plays the organ,
displayed a number of musical influen-

chez Earle
While "Tunisia" is better aged, the
mellow BeeGee s numher requires some
ingenuity to explore its theme because
of its disco base. What the Organization
did was to bring out its funkiness. The
michig DAILY
melody was more evident from the
march-like chorus accented by fine
work by Davis on drums. Yet the solos
were varied enough to offer a soul-jazz
texture to the whole song, which
brought the evening to a close.
Regular guitarist Leroy Manuel was
absent but the surprise guest ap-
pearance of Woodard's colleague Ron
English more than compensated.
English, who headlined his own quartet
at The Earle several weeks ago, ap-
peared on the latest Lyman Woodard
LP - Saturday Night Special on the
Strata label. English's guitar gave
melodic support to the Organization
throughout the evening. Both Woodard
and English will be in concert at the
Detroit Renaissance Plaza Square June
18. Meanwhile, the Lyman Woodard
Organization will be at The Earle
through Saturday with more of that hot

MI artist's creations
flood Union Gallery
WHEN A CHILD enters a store jam packed with penny candy, his eyes
burst open, and his face reveals perpetual expression of delight as he races
back and forth from counter to counter. Entering the University of Michigan
Union Gallery has the same kind of effect although it isn't filled with Mary
Janes and jawbreakers. Instead, the treats are prints: 68 prints that are
each so intriguing in their unique appeal, that determining which direction
to look in first becomes a major decision.
This extremely diverse collection of etchings, lithographs, mezzo-tints,
collotypes and cliche verre prints comprise what is known as the Michigan
Association of Printmakers Seventh Biennial Exhibit, and will be on vew
through June 28. Organized with the support of the Michigan Council for the
Arts, the exhibit opened last fall at the Detroit Institute of Arts, and begins
its tour of the state in Ann Arbor.
The 68 prints which cover every ample are of the gallery walls, were
originally selected by jury members from more than 300 entries. They are

Lyman Woodard
ces like Stevie Wonder and Jimmy
Smith. He improvised with an ear for
basic blues and a feel for raw emotion
that came alive on the keyboard and
provided rhythmic support for the
Organization. The originality of the
group's style however, can be seen in
the treatment of standard tunes.
"A Night in Tunisia" had a theme in a
minor key and illustrated the chorus-
solo-chorus typical of most Woodard
arrangements. Melvin Davis on drums
and vocals played intriguing percussive
effects enhanced by Woodard's fluent
keyboard arpeggios. Kenneth Jarrett,
who doubled on alto sax and flute,
engaged in long runs with Ron Jackson,
playing both trumpet and flugelhorn.
The song reached an emotional climax
with an exciting trumpet solo by
Jackson that startled nearly everyone
with its virtuosity.
ANOTHER song that shows -the
Organization's fresh jazz treatment is
their rendition of "More Than a
Woman" by the BeeGees.
ANn Arbor Sports Center

Leo Kretzner
LEO KRETZNER will be appearing at
the Ark Saturday, at 9 p.m. The local
musician combines both original and
traditional material, playing both the
guitar and dulcimer. The Daily
mistakenly named Kretzner as the per-
former it reviewed at the Ark last

- -Daily Photo by PETER SERUNG
Light Trails at the University of Michigan Union Gallery, ablaze.
all done by 57 artists coming from every corner of Michigan, who help in
proving that a growing art populus needn't be confined to New York or
California but can be found here in Michigan. This has naturally been
recognized by the DIA, who has acquired all purchase prize prints for its
permanent collection.
The fact that these prints are all done by Michigan artists is really the
only thing that ties them together. What makes viewing this exhibit such a
thrill is that each of the 68 prints has a separate world of its own, and in one
trip to the gallery you can become immersed in the most traditional to the
most imaginative of visual experiences.
Not only does the subject matter help to determine the specific world of
each print, but the different color combinations, the degree of detail, the size
and the type of printing mechanisms that are utilized, help to create the in-
dividual currents of energy that pull the viewer in all directions throughout
the gallery.
BUT, SOME OF the currents are stronger than others, and certain prin-
ts outshine their neighbors. One print by Nancy Benoir is in a style that
many modern artists are currently working in. It is composed of curved
horizontal lines that stretch from either end of the print. The lines are ex-
tremely thin and slightly protrude like a relief, adding texture to a basically
momo colored work done completely in beige with scattered speckles of dark
BUT, NOT ALL figurative prints must be created on a large scale to
make a large statement. A very small work by Denise Lisiecki, entitled Iris,
requires a very intimate relationship by develop between the viewer and the
beautiful flower that reveals the artist's masterful percision of line, shadow -
and color. The flower, so exquisite in its combination of boldness and
delicacy, comes alive as every shade of color is uninhibited and explored in a
manner that recalls the vividness of a Japanese print.
Yet, somehow after the overwhelming, saturating experience of viewing
68 wonderful prints at once, the ones that make the greatest impression are
those that are the most different and innovative. These are done in the cliche
verre style, a 19th century technique that has been recently revived. It in-
volves a photographic process of needling an image through a light resistant
coating applied to glass.
The result is, a work that subtley explores the different possibilities of
light and shades of gray, as inLight Trail I and EI. In these two works by
Yvonne M. Kafoury, different degrees of light are sensitively revealed in
patterns within lines. The lines balance one another, and appear to resemble
architectural beams. ThehM.works seer to be photographs but even more,
due to their purely designquality, and in an exhibit that is one wonderful
treat, they are the icing on the cake..

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