Posts Tagged ‘Vinnie Sperrazza’

VINNIE SPERRAZZA APOCRYPHAL Release 2nd Album on Loyal Label, HIDE YE IDOLS, October 27, 2017

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

LOREN STILLMAN (alto saxophone), BRANDON SEABROOK (guitar), EIVIND OPSVIK (doublebass)

Hide Ye Idols album cover

Drummer and composer Vinnie Sperrazza – building on the success of of his 2014 release Apocryphal and this spring’s Juxtaposition – presents Hide Ye Idols, his strongest artistic statement to date, released on Loyal Label on Oct 27.

Featuring the same cast from Apocryphal (Loyal Label, 2015) – alto saxophonist Loren Stillman (Paul Motian, Tyshawn Sorey), guitarist Brandon Seabrook (Seabrook Power Plant, Gerald Cleaver), bassist Eivind Opsvik (Dave Binney, Tony Malaby) and producer Geoff Kraly (one half of indie rising stars Paris Monster) – Hide Ye Idols is by turns cinematic, aggressive, melodic, irreverent, joyous, introspective, and underpinned by a dry, generous humor.

The album was recorded at Acoustic Recording, mixed by Opsvik, and mastered by drummer and bassist Nate Wood (Donny McCaslin, Kneebody). Drawing inspiration from a swath of sources as varied as Sun Ra, SquarepusherDavid Lynch’s Eraserhead soundtrackTerry GilliamVictorian literature, and trips to the Brooklyn Public Library’s History section, the music’s post-rock textures, improvisation, and electronic explorations all point in a wholly contemporary direction.

Speaking of the band, Sperrazza says, “after the first record Apocryphal, I booked as many shows as I could, and consequently had subs on gigs sometimes. It was then that I realized, and we all realized, that this is a band.  So we’re Vinnie Sperrazza Apocryphal now, and while I loved working with so many different musicians and am honored that many great players – Ben Monder, Matt Pavolka, Charlotte Greve – have helped us do shows, I recognize now that this is our vocabulary, our approach; it’s a group sound, not a sound that can be broken down into ‘this player with that player equals this music’”.


NCM East Presents Father/Son Collaboration “Open Letter,” By Brian Drye & Howard Drye, Out July 16th

Friday, July 12th, 2013

The Father/Son Collaboration Weaves A Tidy Thread Through “Open Letter,”
Via NCM East, Out July 16th, 2013

Brooklyn-Based Trombonist Brian Drye Joins His Baritone Saxophonist Father Howard Drye
My son Brian, is the guiding force of this project. It is a gift to collaborate with him.
The student has become the teacher.
-Howard Drye from liner notes.

The enormous ampersand that dominates the album cover gives way, when opened, to a sparse line drawing of the two Dryes, facing each other, ostensibly deep in communication about the music. The collaborative efforts don’t start and end with the artwork; this double CD features ten original compositions, five by the elder Drye and five by the younger, each written to honor an influence from the composer’s musical journey.

The Dryes are joined by a bevy of top-flight musicians who provide the alchemy that turns this meeting of the minds and notes into something that is far greater than the sum of its tunes. In addition to the Dryes, “Open Letter” features Jeff Hermanson on trumpet and fluegelhorn, Mike McGinnis (Brian’s bandmate in the excellent chamber ensemble The Four Bags) on winds, Dan Fabricatore on bass, and Vinnie Sperrazza at the drum kit.


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