Bassist Rodney Whitaker was among the best lights of a fresh generation of contemporary jazz music artists growing from Detroit. A indigenous of the Engine City, he started playing the violin at age eight, switching towards the bass five years later on after hearing Paul Chambers on the John Coltrane recording. As a teenager, he became a member of saxophonist Donald Washington within the group Parrot/Trane/Sko/Right now!, which also included a Wayne Carter; he later on changed bassist Robert Hurst within the Terence Blanchard-Donald Harrison Quintet, accompanied by a three-year stint with Roy Hargrove. After documenting with famous brands Blanchard, Hargrove, Antonio Hart, Junko Onishi and Tag Whitfield, in 1996 Whitaker released his single debut Children from the Light; Concealed Kingdom followed 2 yrs afterwards, and in 1999 the bassist came back with Ballads and Blues. Last night, Today and Tomorrow made an appearance in middle-2000.