Herculaneum - Olives and Orchids vinyl lp with download couplon (due to size and weight, this price for the USA only. Outside of the USA, the price will be adjusted as needed)
Dylan Ryan: drums, vibraphone /Nick Broste: trombone /David McDonnell: alto saxophone /Nate Lepine: tenor saxophone /Patrick Newbery: trumpet /Greg Danek: bass.
People often want to know what I am listening to. If you want to know what I am mostly listening to in the last few weeks, it's these guys. This is a 2010, vinyl only release that has everything that I want to hear in modern jazz: swing, extremely interesting and developed compositions that are much more than just 'heads', good solos and drive. Highly personally recommended. This comes on groovy mint green vinyl.
A feisty, fresh and smart sextet, Herculaneum dub their music “prog-jazz.” But the progressive tendencies blend agreeably with acoustic and retro elements. The group of Chicagoans, founded and driven by drummer Dylan Ryan, commingle references and attitudes from post-Mingus swing to rock-influenced angularity. They also channel fringe- dwellers from the Sun Ra Arkestra to the convention-busting Either/Orchestra.
Ryan and bassist Greg Danek ground the horn-heavy frontline of trombonist Nick Broste, alto saxophonist David McDonnell, tenor player Nate Lepine and trumpeter Patrick Newbery. With its shifting array of chordal motion, interweaving lines and riffs, Herculaneum can suggest the brassy- reedy texture of a “micro big band."-Josef Woodard/Jazziz