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Dylan Ryan / Sand: Circa

Read "Circa" reviewed by Troy Collins

Sand is the latest project from forward-thinking drummer Dylan Ryan, leader and principal composer of Herculaneum, a progressive ensemble that skillfully negotiates the tenuous divide between avant-garde jazz and instrumental post-rock. This smaller lineup (featuring guitarist Timothy Young and bassist Devin Hoff) evinces a similar aesthetic, exploring the harmonic, melodic and rhythmic intricacies of creative improvised ...

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Herculaneum: Uchu

Read "Uchu" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Fin dagli esordi la band chicagoana, Herculaneum si caratterizza per un baricentro musicale assai composito che sa integrare le suggestioni ritmiche del progressive rock con la più classica improvvisazione jazzistica. Per molti versi ci troviamo di fronte ad un work in progress che investe prima di tutto la formazione, soggetta sempre a cambiamenti funzionali al percorso preso sul ...

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Herculaneum: Olives and Orchids

Read "Olives and Orchids" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Il nome di questa band è ancora troppo confinato nella cerchia degli addetti ai lavori e non ha rotto il muro che la separa da un pubblico (almeno un po') più vasto. Eppure ha inciso il suo quarto disco in otto anni ed il precedente (Herculaneum III) è stato prodotto dalla portoghese Clean Feed, l'etichetta che svolge oggi il ...

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Herculaneum: Herculaneum III

Read "Herculaneum III" reviewed by Nic Jones

In some respects what we have here is music that's a step on from Jimmy Giuffre's work in the 1950s, but if it's the chamber music notion that unites the two bodies of work across the intervening half-century, it's clear that this band marches to a rhythmically more vigorous aesthetic. The music is at times alive ...

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Herculaneum: Herculaneum III

Read "Herculaneum III" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Approdano alla Clean Feed gli Herculaneum, giovane gruppo di Chicago guidato dal batterista Dylan Ryan, arrivato al terzo disco in cinque anni. Ancora una volta il jazz sfornato dall'etichetta portoghese dice una parola diversa e gli Herculaneum lo fanno con una proliferazione di anticorpi nei confronti del già sentito. E' come se alcune piccole porzioni stilistiche dei tempi andati ...

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Herculaneum: Orange Blossom

Read "Orange Blossom" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

The excellence that marks 482 Music's Document Chicago series carries on with this twelfth release. As before, the series serves to showcase the diverse talent that marks the improvised jazz scene in Chicago; Herculaneum brings in its own influences, which it shapes into an earthy, heated and prolifically inspired voice in constant shift.

The ...

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Herculaneum: Orange Blossom

Read "Orange Blossom" reviewed by Nic Jones

One of the questions that always seem to be raised about original compositions addresses the issue of whether or not they hold the promise of longevity. It's a question that seems especially pertinent here.

Drummer Dylan Ryan has come up with a programme of compositions here which, while they might lack something from the melodic point ...

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Herculaneum: Orange Blossom

Read "Orange Blossom" reviewed by Troy Collins

Herculaneum is both the sister city to Pompeii, also destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, and a blazingly original modernist quintet with capable chops and ample ideas. The brainchild of drummer Dylan Ryan, the group's resident composer, Herculaneum is a rare entity: a new group that seemingly arrives from nowhere, fully formed with its own ...