Luis Resto is a Detroit-based musician and songwriter who has collaborated with a wildly diverse collection of accomplished artists in a career that has spanned over three decades. A founding member of the highly influential Was (Not Was), Luis has additionally lent his musical talents to Patti Smith, Stevie Nicks, Mel Torme, Anita Baker, The Highway Men (Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash), 50 Cent, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne. Yet perhaps most notable, has been his relationship with rapper, Eminem, which has earned him both a Grammy and an Oscar in 2003 as a co-writer on "Lose Yourself" . He continues to work with Eminem as a songwriter and keyboardist on both recording projects and in live concert.

Luis has simultaneously embarked on a solo career with compositions stemming from his Latin roots, jazz-fusion and classical influence that have been characterized as both progressive and vividly charismatic in world sound. Two albums have been released thus far; The debut of Combo de Momento in 2010, and most recently, One Small Light, in Spring 2012.



Luis Resto - One Small Light

The Collaborators

Mario Resto

Mario Resto, percussion, guitar, vocals

Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and raised in the Detroit area, Mario Resto is the third-born of four boys and has always been a strong artistic influence for his youngest brother, Luis. As a composer, guitarist, bassist, percussionist, and lyricist his compositional output has been eloquently eclectic with styling that stems from rock, jazz, classical and Latin influence. Mario is an Alumnus of the University of Michigan where he studied under Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award winning composer William Bolcom. He has done award winning TV and radio projects for a multitude of major national and world corporations, some of which include Chrysler, McDonalds, MTV, The Henry Ford, United Way, and the 1996 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremonies.

Herschel Boone

Herschel Boone, vocals

Born and raised in Detroit to a successful musical family, Herschel Boone trained intensely from a young age resulting in a sound of undeniable strength and smooth vocal tone. His credentials include writing and producing numerous top Billboard hits and working with artists such as Mary J. Blige, R. Kelly, Anita Baker, Aaron Neville, Keith Washington, Aaron Hal, Uncle Kracker, Ty Stone and Kid Rock.

Pathe Jassi

Pathe Jassi, bass, guitar, vocals

Originally from Dakar, Senegal, Pathe Jassi has always felt to be a Detroiter at heart, and in 2003 made it official with his permanent move to the city. He is known for his rare ability to combine hard bebop with a polyrhythmic African sound, which he credits learning from his adopted father, infamous jazz musician, Sam Sanders. He has performed alongside legendary West African vocalists Youssou N'Dour and Cheikh Lo of Senegal. In addition he has lent his artistry to local greats such as Sean Blackman, John Arnold, Mike-E, and David McMurray.

Paul Nowinski

Paul Nowinski, electric and double bass

A bassist native of New York, Paul Nowinski has built up quite an impressive resume over the years. He has played and recorded with the iconic likes of Les Paul, Keith Richards, Hubert Sumlin, Rickie Lee Jones, Patti Smith, David McMurray, House of Diablo, Boston Symphony/Pops, Aerosmith, New York Voices, Pat Martino, Paquito de Riviera, and Teddy Edwards. When not playing his bass, he likes to kick back and play around with the consort of Viola da Gambas currently has stashed about his midtown Manhattan apartment.

Dave McMurray

Dave McMurray, saxophone

Hailing from Detroit, Dave McMurray has kept very busy over the last few years. In addition to being the Music Director and featured soloist with Motown R & B artist KEM, he also toured with Bob James, pianist Geri Allen's electric band, composer Mark Isham, and Albert King. For the last four years Dave has been featured soloist with Kid Rock. He has recorded with Was (Not Was), The Rolling Stones, The B 52's, Herbie Hancock, BB King, Bonnie Raitt, The Temptations, Patti Smith, Bootsy Collins, Gladys Knight, Nancy Wilson, Fred Hammond, and many others. Over the past 2 years Dave has played on every major Music television event, including the Grammys, The American Music awards, The MTV Music Awards, and the Country Music Awards.

Pepe Espinosa

Pepe Espinosa, percussion

Pepe was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1974. He began his musical studies at the age of four with his great grandfather "Pepin Drum". Then he studied at the Adolfo Guzman Conservatory of Music in Havana. At the age 12, he began his professional career with the famed "Conjunto Saratoga" as a Bongosero. He is an ardent admirer of Cuban traditional music in all its form. Since his childhood, he has listened to and learned from the masters of Cuban music, many of whom are now gone.

Keith Leblanc

Keith Leblanc, drummer

Keith LeBlanc started playing drums at the age of four and by fourteen was already playing in clubs. In the summer of 1979 Keith LeBlanc met Doug Wimbish and Skip McDonald. This trio would become the legendary rhythm section behind the hits for Sugar-hill Records. They performed on such classics as Grandmaster Flashes The Message and Freedom, It's Nasty, the Melle Mel album White Lines, and Angie Stones first record, Funk You Up. The Sugar Hill Gangs Eight Wonder Funky Fours Thats the Joint. Keith's writing production and drumming skills have attracted the likes of Living Colour, Peter Gabriel, The Cure, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, James Brown, Trevor Horn, Seal, R.E.M., The Rolling Stones, Annie Lennox, Jalal (Last Poets), The Stone Roses, Robert Palmer and Bomb The Bass. He also produced Charles & Eddie's hit record Would I Lie To You, along with Tim Simenon of Bomb The Bass.


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