Wertico Cain and Gray

Paul Wertico, David Cain and Larry Gray honor the past and welcome the future – improvisation with brewing rhythmic grooves, melodic expanses, telepathic group interaction, soulful words… trio-006

SHORT CUTS – 40 Improvisations
Our intention was to create short, spontaneous compositions. These 40 tracks form a complete compositional thought. The mixes were realized as living, breathing moments of creative flow and the titles of the tracks vibrate as poetry that tells our story. iTunes and CD Baby.


Wertico Cain & Gray’s 5th CD “SHORT CUTS – 40 IMPROVISATIONS” made the First-Round Ballots in Field 10: Category 33 – BEST JAZZ INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM of the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards.

Wertico Cain & Gray’s 4th CD “REALIZATION” has been nominated in two categories of the 15th Independent Music Awards: LIVE PERFORMANCE ALBUM and LONG FORM MUSIC VIDEO. You can read more at: http://independentmusicawards.com/…/the-15th-independent-m…/

The new Wertico Cain & Gray album, REALIZATION, is available on iTunes and CD BabyREALIZATION is an album that brings together worlds of styles and inspirations into moments of reality. It’s music for people who love to live an adventure through music, and dream through sound.

“Original and visionary music from original and visionary musicians… Spontaneous composition sounds so cool in the hands of @werticocaingray.” My rave of their new album ‘Realization’ (S. Victor Aaron)

The Wertico Cain & Gray REALIZATION @ iTunes and as Video-On-Demand includes 2 bonus videos: WCG Conversations (recorded at the Jazz Showcase, Chicago, December 5, 2015) and a behind-the-scenes Filmmaking Commentary.

Life. Music. Are all a series of conversations. Paul Wertico, David Cain & Larry Gray discuss their new album, REALIZATION, and share insights about spontaneous music, improvisation, collaboration, recording, tradition, new technology…

Organic Architecture, by Wertico Cain & Gray, was 100% improvised and recorded live in Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous Dana-Thomas House (Illinois State Historic Site) on February 15, 2014. This video and audio project pioneers a new direction in music and video!


Wertico, Cain & Gray’s CD  “Sound Portraits” won Best Live Performance Album in the 13th Annual Independent Music Awards (2014). “Awesome! A total trip! Amazing! Great music!” ~ Frank Alkyer, Publisher, DownBeat. Sound Portraits audio is available as CD or downloadNPR / WUIS Radio InterviewMusicians Create “Sound Portraits” by Rachel Otwell.

werticocaingray1Update! The Wertico Cain & Gray CD, “Out In SPACE,” improvised and recorded live at Evanston SPACE is on the Grammy Awards 1st ballot! CDs, FLAC & MP3s available at CD Baby, with animations and videos to follow…

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Hailed in the press as “One of the most versatile and musical drummers in music today,” “an inspired madman,” “a restless innovator,” “a true legend of jazz drums,” “a master of drumming insanity,” and “a genius of the sticks,” Paul Wertico gained worldwide recognition as a member of the Pat Metheny Group, during which time he won seven Grammy Awards. Paul has played and/or recorded with Larry Coryell, Eddie Harris, Lee Konitz, Dave Liebman, Sam Rivers, Bob Mintzer, Terry Gibbs, Buddy DeFranco, Roscoe Mitchell, Evan Parker, Jay McShann, Herbie Mann, Randy Brecker, Jerry Goodman, Ramsey Lewis, David Bowie, Charlie Haden, George Coleman, Diane Schuur, Nelson Riddle, SBB, Ken Nordine, Jeff Berlin, Sonny Fortune, Tierney Sutton…… Assistant Professor of Jazz, Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.

David Cain
An acclaimed revolutionary of unbroken media and art, David Cain is a composer, vocalist, and musician jamming across Sound Portraits’ high-wire of collaborative music, art, and visuals. Cain’s musical trek dances between reality one moment and subconscious interlude the next. Cain is in a class with music’s most forward-reaching innovators because of his groundbreaking explorations. A bonafide risk taker of the music canvas, Cain gives us remarkable new frontiers of improvised sound and vision. David also makes movies, writes books, meditates with Deepak Chopra… He’s from the future. David has taught music, digital cinema, film history, creative writing, and animation at the University of Illinois Springfield and Robert Morris University.

Larry Gray
Larry has worked with artists and jazz legends, including McCoy Tyner, Jack DeJohnette, Branford Marsalis, Benny Golson, Steve Turre, Lee Konitz, Bobby Hutcherson, Sonny Stitt, Phil Woods, Jon Faddis, Roscoe Mitchell, Eddie Harris, Les McCann, Kenny Burrell, Joe Pass, Tal Farlow, and Donald Byrd, among many others. Larry has toured extensively, and continues to do so, performing at jazz festivals and clubs around the globe. As a classical musician, Larry has worked on many occasions with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He also was part of the PBS television series, Legends of Jazz, where he can be seen performing alongside Jim Hall, Benny Golson, Chris Potter, Phil Woods, David Sanborn, Chris Botti, Clark Terry, and Roy Hargrove. Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies at University of Illinois since 2007.

Organic Architecture (2014)  Improvised live at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Dana-Thomas House.

Out In SPACE (2013)  Improvised live at Evanston SPACE.CD Baby & iTunes

Wertico, Cain & Gray’s CD  “Sound Portraits” won Best Live Performance Album in the 13th Annual Independent Music Awards (2014). CD Baby & iTunes &  Video On-Demand


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