Building Blocks—guitarist Ethan Sherman’s first full-length recording as a bandleader—is a collection of original and traditional music featuring drummer Christian Euman and upright bassist Chris Rolontz. This recording is the culmination of Sherman’s education and experiences as a sideman, collaborator, and bandleader across jazz, American acoustic music, and free improvisation. Building Blocks delivers a thoughtful presentation of a finely tuned band and repertoire.
Crafted with this specific trio in mind, the music largely eschews soloistic virtuosity in favor of dynamic group interplay between Sherman, Rolontz, and Euman throughout. The music was shaped organically over a year of performances and rehearsals leading up to the October 2016 session with engineer Tyler Chester (Blake Mills, Jackson Browne).
Hailed by Julian Lage as “a shining light of our community,” Sherman has previously shared the stage with Aoife O’Donovan, Nels Cline, Mike Marshall, and Patrick Shiroishi, among others.
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