Though most of us likely know of drummer Paul Wertico from his 18 years and 7 Grammys with the Pat Metheny Group, what many may not know is that Wertico's also got his own group with whom he's been performing and recording for years. This is where he is most himself: eclectic, powerful, stylistically fearless and original.
"Stereonucleosis", Wertico's latest release on A440 allows the entire ensemble to shine on collaborative originals which run from West African solo drumming rainforest action to vintage fusion and rock a la Mahavishnu, Crimson, Floyd, Zepplin; all influences that have been a part of him since growing up in 60's Chicago.
Though with Metheny's projects he's had the chance to work with everyone from Charlie Haden, Ernie Watts, Gil Goldstein, Derek Bailey and David Bowie and his own "The Yin and the Yout" was populated with legends Dave Holland, Dave Liebman, Richie Bierach, Vic Bailey and Metheny himself, Wertico sees this release as a true personal statement. And it really does come across as that.
Fans of Metheny, Crimson, McLaughlin, Scofield, MMW and Charlie Hunter should all enjoy "Stereonucleosis".