Professor “Louie” & The Crowmatix have just released their first CD for Breeze Hill Records entitled Over The Edge. Aaron “Louie” Hurwitz long time co-producer and engineer for groups such as “The Band,” “Mercury Rev,” “Four Men & A Dog,” &...(展开全部) Professor “Louie” & The Crowmatix
Over The Edge
Professor “Louie” & The Crowmatix have just released their first CD for Breeze Hill Records entitled Over The Edge. Aaron “Louie” Hurwitz long time co-producer and engineer for groups such as “The Band,” “Mercury Rev,” “Four Men & A Dog,” “David Nelson Band,” and “Rick Danko Band,” comes up front on this CD as singer, performer and writer. The Crowmatix released a CD in 1998 entitled “Levon Helm & The Crowmatix - Souvenir, Vol. 1” on The Woodstock Records label. Over The Edge consists of ten songs, five of which, are originals by Professor “Louie” and his co-writing singer, partner Marie Spinosa. One song on the CD a soulful ballad No Division-Heart And Soul was also co-written with “The Bands” Rick Danko who Professor “Louie” performed and recorded with for many years as a duo. Over The Edge is a musical blend of Rock, Folk and R'n'B. The opening track Restless Islands written by Kevin Doherty of Irelands “Four Men & A Dog” has a strong lead vocal by Professor “Louie”, great harmony with The Crowmatix and some fine mandolin playing by Levon Helm. The title track of this CD is the tune Over The Edge an exciting original song with great drumming from Gary Burke, groovin' bass playing by Mike Dunn and funky piano playing from “Louie”. The Great Beyond an extremely well written original song bound to become a classic piece of music has a moving lead vocal by Professor “Louie”. It features fine guitar work by Jim Eppard weaving in and out of the vocals to build to the end of the song and then fades out with tearful whistling. Tear Of The Clouds a song written about a train on the Hudson Line changes to Marie Spinosa singing the lead vocal. This song uses a blend of acoustic instruments, mandolin, accordion, jaw harp, and acoustic guitar with some wild synthesis bringing a fresh combination of sound to a strong rhythm track. Over The Edge continues to hold your interest by bringing in a horn section that “The Crowmatix” have worked with for five years, live in concert and in the studio. On this original track A Few Hours. Tom “Bones” Malone from the David Letterman show arranged the horns and also plays trombone along with the tenor sax of Lenny Pickett from the group “Tower of Power”. The world-renowned bari sax of Ronnie Cuber and the trumpet playing of Jim Hynes round out the horn section, which can be heard on four songs on this CD. The song Someone is a near perfect rendition of an obscure R'n'B song by the great singer Etta James. It shows Marie Spinosa's depth of vocal range and unique interpretation and the highlight is a call and response vocal ending with the Crowmatix background vocals and the horn section. The same rings true on a little known Ashford and Simpson composition Runnin Out where the horns and The Crowmatix breakout into a jamming ending. Over The Edge utilizes many different instruments and in the song No Division-Heart And Soul Garth Hudson adds some great keyboard lines. The beautiful string section arranged by the violinist Larry Packer compliments the soulful singing of “Louie” and the high background vocals of Marie Spinosa. An exciting version of “The Bands” Endless Highway sung by Professor “Louie” brings out the skills of his Hammond organ playing along with the virtuosity of guitar player Mike Demicco. A final jam on “The Grateful Dead” song Scarlet Begonias rounds out the fifty-four minute CD with “Louie” on lead vocals and accordion, great Hammond organ work by “The Band's” keyboardist Garth Hudson and a moving trombone solo by Tom Malone. Special guests Barry Sless and Mookie Siegel from “David Nelson Band” round out the jam that brings out the musicianship and singing of The Crowmatix.