Perhaps Larry Nozero's single most-recognizable
contribution to popular music is the soprano sax solo
on Marvin Gaye's seminal, "What's Going On," the
title track and tone-setter for one of soul music's most
successful, not to mention conceptual, recordings.
Like so many talented reedmen before him, Nozero
received instruction from Detroit's Teal School of
Music, creating common ground with Yusef Lateef,
Joe Henderson, and Benny Maupin.
Although Nozero flirted with the Strata groundlings
briefly in 1964 as a member of Charles Moore's
Detroit Contemporary 5, he was soon drafted into the
military. A mixed blessing, Nozero took full advantage
of the opportunities within the Army Band, which led
to several high profile jobs upon his return to Detroit.
Despite lengthy engagements with Henry Mancini,
Sergio Mendes, and studio work with everyone from
Holland-Dozier-Holland to Berry Gordy, Nozero still
relished musical freedom of expression, which made
him right at home on the Strata roster.
While little is known about Sphere as a stand alone
group aside from it's contributors Larry Nozero, Eddie
Nuccilli, Keith Vreeland, Jimmy Peluso, John Dana
and producer Bug Spangler, Inside Ourselves
presents the level of quality jazz expected from both
One Eighty Proof and Strata Records.