Since coming to New York in the 80s, Tony Scherr has become one of the city's most prolific and in-demand sidemen, playing integral roles in the music of such notable artists as Bill Frisell, John Lurie (Lounge Lizards), Steven Bernstein (Sex Mob), and Norah Jones, as well as some of New York's better-kept secrets, such as Jesse Harris and the Ferdinandos, The Wollesens, Ursa Minor, and Slowpoke.
Tony has recorded most of these latter artists at his Brooklyn home studio, helping to foster and document a tight-knit, intimate scene of players who are as skilled and daring as they are broadminded and modest.
Originally hailing from New Haven, CT, Tony played rock guitar in a garage band with his brother Peter as teens, before the two went their separate ways; Peter to become a concert bassist and film composer, and Tony to slug it out in the clubs of New York, ironically as primarily a bassist himself.
His debut album Come Around is a reunion of sorts, between the two brothers, between Tony and the electric guitar, and between the brothers and the rock/song idiom. The lyrical content in particular also charts a deeply personal journey, documenting a process of overcoming catastrophe and a renewed faith in the healing power of music. Above all else, the album serves as a message of hope.
From The New York Times
"For about 16 months, until December 2007, Tony Scherr’s trio played every week at Marion’s, on the Bowery. With the bassist Rob Jost and the drummer Anton Fier — and whichever of his friends happened to wander through the club that night — Mr. Scherr typically played guitar and sang for more than two hours, a thorough performance with no cover.
So it wasn’t about money: it was about a longtime sideman (with Norah Jones, Sex Mob, Bill Frisell and others) establishing his own music by playing at length week after week, by giving his songs and his band a place to grow into themselves. When it stopped, it felt like a rare and generous thing you had been taking for granted..." Read More