"Deranged - 1. To disturb the order or arrangement of..." One of the words used to describe the music of guitarist and composer Rex Shepherd. With a unique voice due to his angular approach to the instrument, Shepherd constructs expressive melodic lines that form the basis of his compositions and improvisations. Shepherd combines elements of jazz improvisation and harmony with an approach to guitar playing heavily influenced by players such as jazz great Jim Hall, rock legend Robin Trower, avant garde genius Fred Frith, and sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar. Having been described as “Robin Trower meets Miles Davis,” Shepherd’s music spans from full on instrumental rock tunes to nearly traditional jazz compositions with a good dose of free improvisation and sound experimentation using prepared and effected guitar sounds and instruments such as the “oceanharp” and the Theremin.
Shepherd’s band, No End of Now, employs a revolving cast of the most creative players he can find who share his passion for unrestrained musical expression. The compositions are also a blend of influences, from Wayne Shorter to John Cage, and most often are directly inspired by people (especially his wife and two sons), literature and other art forms, and life experiences.