What I like the most about the sound and concept of Dan’s Nonet is that the playing and the writing is selfless. It’s all about the music. The writing is on point, sharp, concise and so is everybody’s playing. Beautiful album.
While the versatile band certainly deserves kudos, it’s Pugach’s dynamic drumming that allows so many seemingly disparate styles to cohere into a warm, singular sound
His mastery of the music from the subtle inner workings of his horn orchestrations to his command over shaping larger musical statements puts Dan in a league of his own.
I can’t gush enough about the joyful energy that Dan and his Nonet express in the most open of ways. Dan’s music is thoughtful, exciting and immensely engaging.