Primary Instrument: Bass
Michael Herring's Vertigo featuring David Binney
The “unusual instrumental colours, carefully composed rhythmic structures and catchy-but-offbeat melodies” (J.D. Constidine, The Globe and Mail) of Michael Herring’s Vertigo have been amped-up by the addition of New York saxophonist David Binney, enabling Vertigo to transcend standard jazz fare. Binney, called “something brand-new a wind stirring up the status quo of the current jazz scene” (Thomas Conrad), adds the fire of the Downtown scene to Vertigo’s mix of groove-driven composed and improvised elements. Herring’s compositions for Vertigo are “forthright, well-organized ventures with tight horn arrangements, ensemble colors and rhythmic buoyancy” (Jay Collins, SIGNAL to NOISE), and naturally possess the voice of the younger Downtown scene...
“[a] Toronto bassplayer with a penchant for contemporary grooves, colours and energy… cutting-edge but accessible sounds inspired by New York's downtown jazz innovators” Doug Fischer - The Ottawa Citizen
Michael Herring has established himself as one of the most creative musicians on the Canadian scene... A triumph! Joseph Blake - Times-Colonist
“..smartly arranged set of 11 originals for sextet” Downbeat - John Ephland
“quite an auspicious debut.” Laurence Donohue-Greene - Managing Editor - AllAboutJazz New York