Paul Wertico: All In A Day's Work
AAJ: If you had to describe this recording to someone wanting to pick it up, especially given it's extreme genre-bending qualities, how would you do it?
PW: It's really a great headphone record. But it sounds great in the car as well. There are elements and sounds in the music that I'm not even sure as to how we obtained them. Things come out of the left and right channels and there's a spatial awareness to it. It's like wearing 3-D glasses. Stuff jumps right out in your face.
There are jazz, rock, classical, and ethnic elements. There are even loose characteristics of very early jazz music, where everyone's improvising at the same time, mixed in with avant-garde elements...alongside harmonic rhythms that move all around. Even after working on the album during the mix, I still constantly hear new things I hadn't noticed before whenever I listen to it. Actually, the music blends beautifully with any outside sounds, so it's almost like a living, breathing record that constantly changes depending on the environment in which you're listening. I've done many records before that I really liked, but there's truly something to be said for this one...I just keep thinking to myself that this time I got it right!
Paul Wertico's Mid East/Mid West Alliance, Impressions of a City (Chicago Sessions, 2009)
John Moulder, Bifröst (Origin, 2009)
Larry Coryell Organ Trio, Impressions: The New York Sessions (Chesky, 2008)
Paul Wertico Trio, Another Side (Naim, 2006)
Wertico, StereoNucleosis (A440, 2004)
Paul Wertico Trio, Don't Be Scared Anymore (Premonition, 2000)
Paul Wertico Trio, Live in Warsaw! (Igmod, 1998)
Pat Metheny/Derek Bailey/Gregg Bendian/Paul Wertico, The Sign of 4 (Knitting Factory, 1997)
Pat Metheny Group, Imaginary Day (Warner Bros., 1997)
Paul Wertico/Gregg Bendian, Bang! (TrueMedia, 1996)
Pat Metheny Group, We Live Here (Warner Bros., 1995)
Earwax Control, 2 LIVE (Naim Audio, 1994)
Paul Wertico, The Yin And The Yout (Intuition, 1993)
Pat Metheny, Secret Story (Nonesuch, 1992)
Pat Metheny Group, Still Life (Talking) (Nonesuch, 1990)
Pat Metheny Group, First Circle (ECM, 1984)
All Photos Courtesy of Paul Wertico