The sound of fluegelhorn and vibes in unison defines the sound of the band, Sherman explains in the liner notes to the title track. The flow of his playing often suggests late Latin jazz vibist Cal Tjader. The album includes five Sherman originals, Farnham's "Lazy Autumn," the standard "We'll Be Together Again" and three others.
"Explorations" reveals Coltrane's harmonic influence via shifting chords over a static bass note. Sherman, Magnarelli and Farnham navigate the harmonic fields gracefully -- no hint of melodic awkwardness anywhere. The title track also employs this approach. Jimmy Heath's "A New Blue" is a harder swinging vehicle with breaks for the drums.
Sherman, who studied percussion at Juilliard, has performed in Broadway pit orchestras and toured with Peggy Lee, Ruth Brown, vocal duo Jackie (Cain) and Roy (Kral) and guitarist Larry Coryell. This album is a fine testament to his experience, study and quest.
Reviews"When not stretching his wares, Sherman effectively weaves in and out of the overall rhythmic element. Besides the swing and bop connotations, percussionist Chembo Corniel injects a Latin-jazz element into two works. Yet one of the highpoints of this album resides within the band's take on late tenor sax titan Joe Henderson's minor-classic titled 'Punjab.' Here, Sherman, Magnarelli and pianist Allen Farnham articulate the sinewy melody line with probing inflections and soaring choruses, where they launch into a brisk medium-tempo swing vamp during the bridge. No doubt, Sherman brings quite a bit to the proverbial table with another winning effort." - Glenn Astarita