Herculaneum - Uchu 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 2012, 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.
"Beginning with the driving “Dragons Office” and concluding with the chugging “Rumors,” Uchu’s eight-track program nonetheless moves across a varied landscape of moods and feels. Overtone-sweeping arco bass opens the exotic “Elmyr,” which bears echoes of Sun Ra. “Chianti” begins as an introspective, open-spirited ballad before increasing in intensity via a sturdy Lepine solo. With its elastic meter, “Elizabeth Perkins” honors the actress from Showtime’s series Weeds. Indeed, it resembles a gonzo variation of a TV theme song. The energetic “Age of Iron” lives up to its name, as does “Little Murders,” a slinky, bluesy vehicle with a patina of irony. The band’s fifth album , Uchu captivates listeners with form, content and sufficient amounts of improvisation amid the structure-centric music. Sleek and witty, Herculaneum show great promise."-Josef Woodard/Jazziz