Barry Hyman | The Spice of Life

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The Spice of Life

by Barry Hyman

Full electric dance band with horns playing original instrumentals with Caribbean, Latin, African, Brazilian, R&B, and Celtic influences
Genre: World: Reggae
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Hillcountry Roots
3:42 $0.99
2. No More Tribal War
2:49 $0.99
3. When I Look in Her Eye
3:31 $0.99
4. Havana 1938
3:13 $0.99
5. Fukushima Garden
4:29 $0.99
6. Anthem for Kindness
2:48 $0.99
7. Long Night in New Orleans
6:24 $0.99
8. Wintry Lament
2:56 $0.99
9. Seven Confused Ghosts
7:22 $0.99
10. Emerald Isle
3:01 $0.99
11. After Dinner
8:11 $0.99
12. Return to the Forest
0:49 $0.99
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Album Notes
Another all-instrumental cd from groovemaster Barry "King Happy" Hyman, THE SPICE OF LIFE features guitar, trumpet, pedal steel guitar, sax, harmonica, alto recorder, flute, and mandolin solos, with lots of percussion and a big horn section. The instrumentals are all original compositions but have Caribbean, Latin, African, Brazilian, R&B, and Celtic roots. This cd is the long-awaited sequel to Hyman's More Than Halfway Home album.

Barry is joined by his old friends Jared Shapiro (bass, cello, alto recorder, oud, percussion) and Johnny Yuma (drums and percussion). Miri Wolf plays percussion on every tune. The horns are played by Charlie Schneeweis (trumpet) and Josh Greenberg (sax and flute). Special guest Marty Satalino plays mandolin on one cut. Barry and Jared play together in the band Natural History (since 1973!), Barry, Marty and Josh play together in the Hill Hollow Band, Charlie is a member of Simba (a band Barry played with from 1995 to 2000) and Johnny has been Barry's favorite drummer, on stage and in the studio, since 1980.

The format is the same as More Than Halfway Home and Barry's two cds with the band Zuela -- world fusion instrumental grooves. What is different about this cd is the fully-developed horn section parts and the use of pedal steel as well as guitar solos. Barry has been playing pedal steel guitar since 1972, but, if you know anything about that instrument, it takes thirty or forty years to get good at it! And horn section parts are no easy task either -- most musicians know that the economics of the music business make a big band with lots of horns almost impossible to sustain. So this cd represents the culmination of dreams that Barry has been pursuing for decades, and we sincerely hope you will enjoy it in the spirit in which it was made!



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Anthony Rago

" The Spice of Life" is a refreshing new album that reverberates with sensitivity and vitality. It is a sophisticated package of arrangements with melodic patterns and rhythmic style echoing a wide range of world music influences, and distilled with a masterful technique that is both powerful and original. A wonderful mix of instruments and voicing, and great energy- dynamic. Highly recommended!


Work of a Master
Everything about this new album is excellent. The horn section on all of the tracks, perticullarly "After Dinner"," Havana 1938", and "Long Night in New Orleans" are phenomenal. The stringed instuments are excellent as usual. The melodies are truly unique and are new and refreshing, yet stay true to Barry's original style. This is truly Barry at his best.

Daniel Polak

Musical Genius
It is hard to imagine that after producing and recording MORE THAN HALFWAY HOME that Barry Hyman could so beautifully execute another innovative approach to his holistic understanding of music. Barry' Hyman's SPICE OF LIFE is perfect for those who wish to contemplate, search for meaning or just dance. If King Happy is not a musical Genius, he sure as heck is a gem in the world of music, consciousness and emotional and spiritual health. Purchase this CD right away!!!!!