Sher, Danny - Loose Nukes

A simply fabulous multi-meter, complex electric jazz release, which is the debut album by Danny Sher and his quintet. Although relatively unknown, Danny's a really fine drummer and composer and also appearing are four musicians who are also unknown to me, but who also turn in stellar performances on vibes (Peter Schlamb), guitar (Travis Reuter), piano (Red Wierenga) and bass (Evan Gregor). I had some nice email correspondence with Danny and he was really excited to be featured on the Wayside site because he (correctly) saw that the things that we specialize in are very much the people who are his potential audience. And to reach those people, we negotiated a price that allows us to sell this fine, brand new album at a very low price. If the idea of "tricky, deceptive melodies shaped by mixed-meter chaos" in a jazz/rock vein sounds like your kind of thing, this comes HIGHLY recommended.

"Since leaving his St. Louis, Mo. home in 2001 and arriving in NYC, drummer and composer Danny Sher has proven to be one of the most creative and organic musicians of his generation. Sher has performed with countless icons of the New York jazz scene including Logan Richardson, Greg Tardy and Tyshawn Sorey. His time as a side man with such fine musicians as well as his tutelage at New School University cultivated his growth as a drummer and composer to the ground-breaker that he is today. Sher’s compositional style has been described as a blend of uniquely phrased contrapuntal melodies with poly-rhythmic chord structures. Having previously lead the group Idiosyncrasies, featuring Tyshawn Sorey on piano, Noah Wheeler on bass and Logan Richardson on saxophone, his new quintet takes a different direction and features fellow St. Louis native and New School graduate, vibraphonist Peter Schlamb, guitarist and ASCAP award-winner Travis Reuter, pianist and member of Respect Sextet, Red Wierenga, and bassist, Evan Gregor, who plays with such esteemed musicians as Dave Liebman, Brad Shepik and Darcy James Argue. In May 2010, they recorded their first record, “Loose Nukes”, which has already received critical acclaim. Already being compared to iconic albums such as Bitches Brew and modern marvels such as Claudia Quintet’s Royal Toast, Loose Nukes provides the listener with a “feel-good avant-garde” experience. The compositions are at one time complex beyond belief and simultaneously peppy and unpretentious. Listeners are invited to either analyze the ever-changing time signatures and motives or simply bop their heads and let the sunny disposition of Sher’s work take over."

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Easily lives up to the high expectations created by the above description. Not sure this is really "avant-garde" in 2010, but if you dig Zappa circa George Duke / Ruth Underwood etc., and Hatfield and the North and generally super tight percussively intricate goodness this is a fine score. At times this gives off whiffs of pairing the best elements of early Henry Cow and Gary Burton. All instrumental and not a speck of cereal.
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