Apocryphal //

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Release date: 
Recording location: 
Trout Recording, Brooklyn, NY
Recording date: 
Friday, October 12, 2012
Artwork design: 
Michelle Arcila
Artwork design: 
Espen Friberg
Mastering engineer: 
Fred Kevorkian
Mixing engineer: 
Eivind Opsvik
Geoff Kraly
Recording engineer: 
Bryce Goggin
  • 1. Apocryphal (05:24)
  • 2. Thanksalot (06:44)
  • 3. Spalding Gray (05:35)
  • 4. Plainchant (06:24)
  • 5. Mendicant (07:50)
  • 6. Floor Phrase (06:13)

Loren Stillman- alto saxophone
Brandon Seabrook- guitar
Eivind Opsvik- bass
Vinnie Sperrazza- drums

Vinnie Sperrazza – a drummer of both swing and color, one whose “tones travel on and on,” according to The New York Times – releases Apocryphal, his fourth album as a leader or co-leader, on Sept. 9, 2014, via Loyal Label.

Apocryphal, a masterpiece of art-house jazz that blends cinematic atmosphere and rock edge, features a kindred-spirit quartet of Brooklyn-based musicians, with the drummer-composer joined by tartly lyrical alto saxophonist Loren Stillman, very electric guitarist Brandon Seabrook and deeply musical double-bassist Eivind Opsvik, all notable figures on the 21st-century New York creative music scene.

The Brooklyn studio sessions were recorded by top indie-rock engineer Bryce Goggin (who has been behind the board for artists from Pavement to Antony & the Johnsons) and produced by Geoff Kraly, a member of rock duo Paris Monster as well as a longtime friend and musical collaborator of Sperrazza. Opsvik mixed the album.

The music of Apocryphal has such far-flung touchstones as Tony Williams and Paul Motian, Frank Zappa and Spalding Gray, not to mention plainchant and post-rock, jazz chops and studio manipulation, buried secrets and revealed truth.