SICK GAZELLE originally operated as a duo with Eric Block on guitar and Bruce Lamont on saxophone and vocals. The pair functioned on a purely improvised basis. Steve Shelley accidentally found himself playing drums with SICK GAZELLE when he was in town laying some parts down (with The High Confessions) at the infamous Semaphore Recording Studios, where Block was an engineer and manager. An hour-long improv session ensued, followed by lunch and coffee, and then another hour-long session, this one with a caveat of doing something softer. The result was Odum, the band’s debut LP. Boasting four tracks of improvised, haunting, experimental jazz, Odum was released in May 2019 via War Crime Recordings.