7-time Grammy Award winner Paul WerticoDavid Cain, and Larry Gray came together to form Wertico Cain & Gray to realize new music and art, winning a prestigious live performance album award along the way, and gathering audiences in search of new worlds of sound-making and digital cinema.

Chicago-based, this spontaneous trio composes and orchestrates everything in real-time, melting acoustic and electronic sounds with new-tech and word-tech, in-sync with an inner muse that connects to the universe of possibilities, and musically conversing to the point of sheer telepathy. 

WINDOWS OF TIME is our 8th album: a labor of love to transcend regression and fear with hope, love, and peace – through collaboration and creativity. Standing on the shoulders of giants, we humbly step forward into the dream, to imagine the music that we might hope for. We are pleased to share peace, love and soulful energy with you, for the greater good. Available on iTunes or Spotify

WUIS – NPR Interview: Wertico Cain & Gray is a musical trio made up of Paul Wertico, David Cain and Larry Gray. Springfield musician David Cain and seven-time Grammy Award-winner Paul Wertico spoke to Community Voices about their new album, “Windows of Time,” which was recorded live and completely improvised.

To see the band in action, please check out our Video-On-Demand convert videos. Watch the improv become the composition. Sound Portraits won “Best Album, Live Performance” – 2013 Independent Music Awards.

Sound Portraits

Organic Architecture

Without Compromise

Without Compromise (VR 360 Surround 5.1)


WITHOUT COMPROMISE  (VR360 & Dual HD video, stereo and 5.1 audio)
Welcome to the virtual world of Wertico Cain & Gray. We’d like to welcome you to our VR 360 recording session at Reelsounds Chicago studios. You will be seated in the middle of the studio’s main recording room, 7 feet from Paul, David & Larry. “This is a wonderful, curious, enigmatic, and virtuosic musical experience, in which the artists build soundscapes that will take you into new worlds. You will hear groove and grit, form and formlessness. This production will keep you thinking and stretching for days.” Kabir Sehgal (Grammy winning producer and NYT & WSJ best-selling author)

Without Compromise is available on CD Baby and iTunes. Wertico Cain & Gray brings 100% improvisational music into the 21st century, blending new and classic sounds with the latest audio and visual technologies. Special thanks to Waves, Shure, Drum Workshop, Sabian, Remo, Promark.
© 2019 Wertico Cain & Gray All Rights Reserved.

Without Compromise review by S. Victor Arron. “Nothing was spared in making this a rich listening and viewing experience, a stunning blend of virtuosity and technology.” http://somethingelsereviews.com/2019/06/29/wertico-cain-gray-without-compromise-2019/

1. When Me, Then We, Becomes Us (VR 360  Preview)
Wertico Cain & Gray – Without Compromise

AFTERLIVE – New Release!
Wertico Cain & Gray’s 6th album, AfterLive, is the story of improvisational time capsules: the live concert improvisations and the soul-searching listeners’ mix. A further documentation of this trio’s ongoing fearless commitment to bringing together worlds of styles and inspirations into moments of reality, and creating music for people who love to live an adventure through music and dream through sound. 100% improvised & recorded live at Evanston SPACE, August 11, 2016. AfterLive is available here on iTunes and CD Baby.

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SHORT CUTS – 40 Improvisations
Our intention was to create short, spontaneous compositions. These 40 tracks form a complete compositional thought. The mixes were realized as living, breathing moments of creative flow and the titles of the tracks vibrate as poetry that tells our story. iTunes and CD Baby.


Wertico Cain & Gray’s 5th CD “SHORT CUTS – 40 IMPROVISATIONS” made the First-Round Ballots in Field 10: Category 33 – BEST JAZZ INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM of the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards.

Wertico Cain & Gray’s 4th CD “REALIZATION” has been nominated in two categories of the 15th Independent Music Awards: LIVE PERFORMANCE ALBUM and LONG FORM MUSIC VIDEO. You can read more at: http://independentmusicawards.com/…/the-15th-independent-m…/

The new Wertico Cain & Gray album, REALIZATION, is available on iTunes and CD Baby. REALIZATION is an album that brings together worlds of styles and inspirations into moments of reality. It’s music for people who love to live an adventure through music, and dream through sound.

“Original and visionary music from original and visionary musicians… Spontaneous composition sounds so cool in the hands of @werticocaingray.” My rave of their new album ‘Realization’ (S. Victor Aaron)

The Wertico Cain & Gray REALIZATION @ iTunes and as Video-On-Demand includes 2 bonus videos: WCG Conversations (recorded at the Jazz Showcase, Chicago, December 5, 2015) and a behind-the-scenes Filmmaking Commentary.

Life. Music. Are all a series of conversations. Paul Wertico, David Cain & Larry Gray discuss their new album, REALIZATION, and share insights about spontaneous music, improvisation, collaboration, recording, tradition, new technology…

Organic Architecture, by Wertico Cain & Gray, was 100% improvised and recorded live in Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous Dana-Thomas House (Illinois State Historic Site) on February 15, 2014. This video and audio project pioneers a new direction in music and video! Video On-Demand.


Wertico, Cain & Gray’s CD  “Sound Portraits” 
won Best Live Performance Album in the 13th Annual Independent Music Awards (2014). Video On-Demand.

“Awesome! A total trip! Amazing! Great music!” ~ Frank Alkyer, Publisher, DownBeat. Sound Portraits audio is available as CD or download!


Update! The Wertico Cain & Gray CD, “Out In SPACE,” improvised and recorded live at Evanston SPACE is on the Grammy Awards 1st ballot! CDs, FLAC & MP3s available at CD Baby, with animations and videos to follow…

Wertico Cain & Gray were featured artists in concert at Shure headquarters in Chicago on March 27, 2015.. Two of the improvs (below) were based on short films shot/edited by David Cain. People, places and things as imagined/experienced as subatomic levels of awareness in multiverse rhythms of shape, color, texture and tempo.

David Cain talks about his use of Waves audio plugins for live performance, mixing and mastering. We love Waves plugins!

NPR / WUIS Radio Interview: Musicians Create “Sound Portraits” by Rachel Otwell.

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