I want to send my sincerest condolences to one of the Strata Records, Inc. family members, Bud Spangler who passed away yesterday from lung Cancer. I had the unique pleasure to speak with him several times over the past few years and was very humbled by his spirit. In fact, I spoke to him a week and half ago and he told me that he had days left. He thanked me for my work and wanted me to send him Sam Sanders and Maulawi Orotunds releases.
He was not only the engineer for many of the Strata releases but he was also a member of the group Sphere along with Larry Nozero and Danny Spencer. He was such an important part of Detroit Jazz music and will forever be missed. Cheers to you brother! Rest in Peace!Robert “Bud” Spangler migrated from Ohio to Lansing to attend university at Michigan State in the late 1950s. A talented drummer, Spangler became active within the Strata ranks, most notably as the drummer for Kenny Cox’s Contemporary Jazz Quintet (aka CJQ), who also recorded for Blue Note Records.
CJQ’s tenure on Blue Note was brief, perhaps due to the avant-garde implication of their two-drummer attack (Spangler sat alongside fellow stickman Danny Spencer). Detroit’s Tribe Records, an artistic cooperative akin to Strata, could also lay claim to Spangler, as he was often featured on records by Tribe’s premier roster of outsiders, including trombonist Phil Ranelin and trumpeter Marcus Belgrave.
Interestingly, Spangler’s dalliance as a student DJ on Michigan State’s radio station WKAR-FM foreshadowed his subsequent career as a radio personality. After moving to Northern California in the 1970s, Spangler joined San Mateo’s KCSM-FM, where he has hosted the program “Sunday Night Suites” for over 25 years.
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