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Paul Wertico

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Influenced just as much by Elvin Jones, Roy Haynes, or Artwork Blakey as by Ginger Baker, Mitch Mitchell, or Keith Moon, Paul Wertico can be an all-around drummer who constructed his reputation being a colorist with Pat Metheny. Although Wertico discovered to try out the snare drum in quality school, he’s self-taught in the drum package. By age group 15, he had been playing appropriately with various rock and roll and jazz rings, and afterwards his role being a superstar soloist using the Cary-Grove SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL Band resulted in a music scholarship or grant. In the first ’70s, he still left college and shortly became a fixture from the Chicago music picture, playing and documenting with a variety of different performers including jazz saxophonist Joe Daley, ethnomusicologist Paul Berliner, blues-rock vocalist/guitarist Ellen McIlwaine, folk vocalist Terry Callier, as well as the fusion-based Simon & Bard Group. Often active in a variety of realms of innovative music, he especially began two cooperative rings: Earwax Control with multi-instrumentalist Jeff Czech and keyboardist Gordon Adam, and Spontaneous Structure with multi-reed participant Affluent Corpolongo and bassist Doug Lofstrom. In 1983, Wertico changed Danny Gottlieb within the Pat Metheny Group. An extended and fruitful cooperation, including ten recordings, seven Grammy Honours and several yellow metal information, ensued. Wertico still left the group in 2001. During his tenure using the guitarist, he nurtured many of his very own projects that could end up attaining exposure within the ‘90s. He also continuing recording with a great many other performers including modern music pioneer Paul Wintertime, “phrase jazz” originator Ken Nordine, rock-fusion violinist Jerry Goodman, and jazz vocalist Kurt Elling. In 1993, he documented his first disk as a head, The Yin as well as the Yout, having a legion of visitor stars. Afterwards, he continued to create the extremely democratic Union Trio with pianist Laurence Hobgood and bassist Brian Torff, in addition to launching a drum duo documenting with fellow percussionist Gregg Bendian. He also led many other combos, especially the Paul Wertico Trio, a music group that helped redefine fusion and includes guitarist John Moulder and bassist Eric Hochberg. Immediately after departing Metheny, Wertico became a member of a trio led by another prominent guitarist, Larry Coryell, and in addition joined up with the famous Eastern European rock-band, SBB. In parallel to his profession like a musician, Paul Wertico in addition has remained quite energetic as a maker and an educator and clinician, a field he offers always experienced a enthusiasm for.

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Full Name Paul Wertico
Profession Teacher, Drummer, Film Score Composer, Percussionist
Nationality American
Music Groups Pat Metheny Group, SBB
Music Songs Last Train Home, To the End of the World, Minuano, Better Days Ahead, Have You Heard, Song for Bilbao, So May It Secretly Begin, And Then I Knew, Third Wind, If I Could, Talk, Naked Moon, Episode d'Azur, Spring Ain't Here, We Live Here, Every Summer Night, Farmer's Trust, Half Life of Absolution, Beat 70, Yolanda, You Learn, The First Circle, Letter From Home, Imaginary Day, The Roots of Coincidence, Into the Dream, Language of Time, Wizje, Odlot, The Heat of the Day, Straight on Red, Follow My Dream, Figo-Fago
Albums The Sign of 4, Imaginary Day, Still Life (Talking), First Circle, Travels, Letter from Home, The Road to You, The Falcon and the Snowman, Quartet, We Live Here, Karlstad live, Bifröst
Movies The Babe, SBB: Follow My Dream, Modern Drummer: Festival Weekend 1997, SBB: Behind the Iron Curtain


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The Babe 1992 Bistro Band

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Kurt Elling: Live at the Basement 2004 TV Movie documentary

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Kurt Elling: Live at the Basement 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Pat Metheny Group: Imaginary Day Live 2001 Video Himself
Pat Metheny Group: More Travels 1992 Video Himself

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