Building Blocks: New Recording from Ethan Sherman!

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 …

Ethan Sherman: Building Blocks (PFMCD101)

Jeff Kaiser

Ethan Sherman
Building Blocks

  1. Jungle Gym (Fast)


  1. Jungle Gym (Slow) 2:27
  2. Keltner 7:01
  3. Dangling 5:28
  4. Norway 6:51
  5. Pretty Polly 3:32
  6. Motivation 4:53
  7. Jungle Gym (Fast) 1:45
  8. Positive Space 3:12
  9. Snowshoe 4:34

Ethan Sherman – guitar
Chris Rolontz – bass
Christian Euman – drums

Recorded October 3, 2016 at Paperchaser Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Engineered and mixed by Tyler Chester
Assistant engineering by Rob Peterson
Mastered by Ryan Stewart
Production assistance by Jacob Mann
Design by Aaron Vinton
All compositions except “Pretty Polly” (trad.) © 2017 Ethan Sherman (BMI)

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Alex Smith, Determined Volumes, PFMCD140

Alex Smith: Determined Volumes (PFMCD140)

Jeff Kaiser

Determined Volumes
Alex Smith

  1. 816


Featuring: Alex Smith, various instruments and voice • Andrew Zakerski, percussion and voice • Ari Teitel, electric guitar • Brendan Betyn, drumset • Brent Echols, drumset and field drum • Caleb Goncz, glass marimba • Cameron Halls, percussion and voice • Cody Edgerton, glass marimba • Colin McCornack, percussion and voice • Darrien Spicak, percussion and voice • Joel Block, MalletKat and percussion • John Scharf, percussion and voice • Jon Wright, cajón • Jon Weber, percussion • Kathryn Irwin, field drum • Kevin Keith, drumset • Louie Leager, bass guitar

1. The Building of Asgard (11:04)
2. Um quarto é mais (3:39)
3. Cotton Gindustrial (7:11)
4. Crossroads (5:10)
5. One-Minute Speeches (9:56)
6. a. Oscillation (0:00-4:25)
b. Song for the Unmentioned; Devotion (4:25-7:34)
7. 816 (9:41)
8. Tickuf (3:47)

Recorded by Joe Basile, Corey DeRushia, Alex Smith, and Dr. Jon Weber
Mixed by Corey DeRushia at Troubadour Recording
Original album artwork and layout by Will Goodyear

All compositions by Alex Smith, © 2020 jasmith music, ASCAP,
except [4] by Alexis Bacon, ASCAP, [6a-Oscillation] by Joe Basile, ASCAP; [1] poem by Matthew Barbee, [3] sheet music published by Tapspace Publications LLC, ASCAP, and [7] sound design by Joe Basile; thanks Prof. Dease, Dr. Lorenz, and Tijan Dorwana.

Determined Volumes is comprised of some of my compositions and collaborations since 2011. Thanks to all my teachers, friends, collaborators, and influences over the course of my life who have shared their knowledge and skill with me, and that have helped in a variety of ways to produce this album. The tunes on this album are the product of all the practices with which I have connected throughout the course of my life, including but not limited to: Moravian music, jam band music, organ music, Ghanaian gyil music, 90’s alternative rock, rudimental drumming, Northeast Brazilian drumming, noise music, American Jazz and R&B, musical theater, and Western classical piano and percussion music. Visit my YouTube channel for video performances and more information about the pieces.

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