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Come Around [Tony Scherr]

  • 1. Luck in Your Eye
    2. Stuck It Out
    3. In My Hands
    4. What Kind of Friend Are You
    5. Food for News
    6. Come Around
    7. Goodbye
    8. Poor Katy's Car
    9. What I Am Now
    10. Almost Believe in Everything
    11. Sacramento
    12. Are You My Friend
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 48

  • Credits
    EngineerTony Scherr

    Personnel includes: Tony Scherr (vocals, guitar); Chris Brown (organ); Peter Scherr (bass); Kenny Wolleson (drums); Steve Bernstein, Michael Blake, Briggan Krauss, Pete McGuinness, Marcus Rojas, Bill Frisell, Spiro Cardemis, Kyle Kevorkian, Jenny Schneiman, Jane Scarpantoni.
    Personnel: Tony Scherr (vocals, guitar); Bill Frisell (guitar); Jenny Scheinman, Joan Wasser (violin); Jane Scarpantoni, Julia Kent (cello); Briggan Krauss (baritone saxophone); Steven Bernstein (trumpet); Pete McGuinness (trombone); Marcus Rojas (tuba); Spiro Cardamis (keyboards); Kenny Wollesen (drums).
    Recording information: 2001.
    Tony Scherr has had a career as one of New York's most sought-after jazz bassists. He has played with the Lounge Lizards, Jesse Harris & the Ferdinandos, Bill Frisell, Sex Mob, and Slowpoke, to name a few. But Come Around, Scherr's solo debut, is something else entirely. With crunchy guitars, Chris Brown's Hammond organ, and horn and string arrangements, Scherr has crafted a warm album of country-tinged rock songs that glances back at the Rolling Stones' Beggars Banquet and Let It Bleed in the same way that Alejandro Escovedo's underappreciated A Man Under the Influence does. Sure, Scherr's tunes tend to ramble and meander more, without the instant gratification of the Stones or Escovedo, but this gives them a quality like the pop work of Jim O'Rourke and even the dark, off-kilter, David Lynch-worthy experimentation of "What Kind of Friend Are You" is incredibly rewarding. The title track, with its pure '70s country-rock groove, is the real winner and is ready and waiting for a Ryan Adams cover. Come Around manages to build an atmosphere that beautifully evokes the bittersweet lost American dreams and would-be soulful road trips of the Southwest and California, and what's all the more amazing is that Tony Scherr recorded the album in his house. ~ Charles Spano

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