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by The Headwhiz Consort Moderne Internationale

Experimental World Jazz... now with an Orchestra!
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Faceless Man
6:03 $0.99
2. Odd?
7:18 $0.99
3. Spiderman’s Cape (A Duet for 3 Guitars)
4:00 $0.99
4. Scorched Earth Waltz
5:27 $0.99
5. Spaetzle Paprikash
3:47 $0.99
6. Quiet Fog
6:08 $0.99
7. The Descent of Ham
3:05 $0.99
8. Deep Water Horizon (A Percussion Quartet)
3:11 $0.99
9. Vlad Is Mad
2:51 $0.99
10. Old World Tribulations
5:12 $0.99
11. Eat West
5:28 $0.99
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Album Notes
Once again they have done it. Taking their Experimental World Jazz into the realm of modern classical music without abandoning their “roots”, if a band such as this can claim to have roots... and yet... they have roots as large and deep as the Baobab tree itself. This time they are assisted by conductor Raul Espinoza leading the newly formed Mind Fry Orchestra in 11 selections that defy category. SAD is the next step in an evolution that has to be heard to be believed.



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Surprising and Stunning!
A new HCMI release is always an exercise in anticipation. You don’t know what you’re going to get, but you know it’s going to be good. SAD is no exception. It was impossible to predict the effect that adding a conductor and an orchestra would have on this group, but it turns out to be fantastic!

This album is more about movements than tracks. In the first movement, Espinoza exerts a strong and effective discipline on the ordinarily exuberant Consort. The music is beautiful, unusually patient, and deliciously tense. As it progresses, O’Connor and Wade and Cole begin pacing their cages as Espinoza and members of the Mind Fry Orchestra catch and echo their increasing impatience.

The spoken word piece, The Descent of Ham, signals the second movement. It breaks Espinoza’s spell and the Consort bursts forth in a wild explosion of percussion that transitions into a maelstrom of virtuosity and shifting rhythms as they gleefully dare Espinoza to keep up.

In the third movement, he and the orchestra prove equal to the task and the album concludes in a most satisfying way with a piece that blends the best of what the Consort and the Orchestra have to offer.

Bottom line: This is another must-hear offering from an exceptionally creative ensemble.