We Are All Branches of the Same Tree
The second release from avant-jazz group the Oddyssey Quartet, featuring twelve improvised pieces from four musicians who have only played together a handful of times but who share the common ancient language of music, bringing them together in a cohesion of intuitive conversation, and demonstrating in real time that we all really are branches of the same tree. Featuring former Albert Ayler Quintet bassist Bill Folwell, and former Sam Rivers Rivbea Orchestra saxophonist David Pate, with Jose Cochez on drums, and Rex Shepherd on guitar and prepared guitar.
Suite for the End of the Earth
This music attempts to tell a story about the resilience of the human race to solve it's problems, moving from a short sighted obsession with attainment to the use of technology to care for all people equally, using the idea of space travel and colonization of a new planet, and the discovery of Albert Ayler and others already there to complete the allegory. The story ends with a celebration and a march in Albert Ayler's honor. This music is dedicated to the memory and spirit of Albert Ayler, and many others, who continue to inspire us to reach for a place without limitations.
The first duet release from one half of the Oddyssey Quartet, with David Pate (Sam Rivers Rivbea Orchestra) and guitarist and composer Rex Shepherd (No End of Now). “Seeing Sound” features the two playing an improvised set, creating palpable musical textures using subtle harmonic and melodic ideas and developing them into intuitive conversations, “seeing” the sound of two like minds speaking with one another.
No End of Now
No End of Now is a musical collaborative led by guitarist and composer Rex Shepherd and incorporates the talents of a variety of musicians who can add a unique and lyrical voice to the music. Performing Shepherd's original compositions and improvisations with blended musical influences, the members strive to bring every ounce of energy they can to every performance of each piece, connecting with audiences to create a musical-emotional experience that leaves listeners emotionally charged and wanting more. With a fast growing fan base in the West Central Florida region and beyond, the band continues to expand its creativity and original repertoire and connect with listeners of a wide variety of musical genres. A few of the descriptions by fans include "Robin Trower meets Miles Davis," "hippie jazz," "psychedelic fusion," and "What the hell was that? That was cool." The band often will enlist any number of different instrumentalists to add to the creative musical dialogue of each performance.