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All Music Guide - Tom Schulte
American composer Wendy Mae Chambers likes to do things big. Her 1993 Mass for Mass Trombones featured 77 of the horns, and 1989's Symphony of the Universe required 100 timpani, among other instruments. She has several other compositions with numerous instances of an instrument along with such unexpected appearances as automobiles, TVs, crib toys, and vacuum cleaners. That love for grand percussion comes across in a more varied arrangement executed here by a dozen percussionists. Drums, mallet instruments, and other percussion bounds, slithers, and clangs with such odd cameos as a hand cranked siren. Eleven parts comprise the whole and each has its own flavor. In "Hoodoo ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tom Schulte
American composer Wendy Mae Chambers likes to do things big. Her 1993 Mass for Mass Trombones featured 77 of the horns, and 1989's Symphony of the Universe required 100 timpani, among other instruments. She has several other compositions with numerous instances of an instrument along with such unexpected appearances as automobiles, TVs, crib toys, and vacuum cleaners. That love for grand percussion comes across in a more varied arrangement executed here by a dozen percussionists. Drums, mallet instruments, and other percussion bounds, slithers, and clangs with such odd cameos as a hand cranked siren. Eleven parts comprise the whole and each has its own flavor. In "Hoodoo Root Doctor," a suspenseful clock-like rhythm is mated with what could be the knocking of bones. This goes along with a general theme of ecstatic and pagan rites that can be imagined in subtropical jungle clearings or behind closed New Orleans doors. For instance, "&Wild Ride" is a direct reference to bizarrely costumed Fat Tuesday riders that act as a prelude to Mardi Gras. The chime sounds of implicit magic radiate from "Shango," a piece about the "master for magic." A night charged with expectancy and the judgment of fate and the poignant stress of prolonged silence is the setting given to "corpselike woman" seer "Manman Brigitte." Chambers' work is powerful and fantastic, a singular and memorable adventure of sorcerous rhythms.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/24/1998
  • Label: New World Records
  • UPC: 093228052623
  • Catalog Number: 80526
  • Sales rank: 350,270

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Snake Dancer (3:19)
  2. 2 Dance - Charles Kiger (5:05)
  3. 3 Snake of Deep Waters - Charles Kiger (4:02)
  4. 4 Hoodoo Root Doctor - Charles Kiger (4:52)
  5. 5 Wild Ride - Charles Kiger (4:09)
  6. 6 The Barons - Charles Kiger (3:43)
  7. 7 Shango - Charles Kiger (4:10)
  8. 8 Manman Brigitte - Charles Kiger (4:42)
  9. 9 The Sun - Charles Kiger (3:14)
  10. 10 A Priest - Charles Kiger (5:01)
  11. 11 Fire-Breathing Serpent - Charles Kiger (4:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Wendy Mae Chambers Primary Artist
Michael Pugliese Percussion
Mark Belair Percussion
Kory Grossman Percussion
Jason Cirker Percussion
Randy Crafton Percussion
Dominic Donato Percussion
Andy Bowman Percussion
Frank Cassara Percussion
David Cossin Percussion
Charles Kiger Percussion
Dan McMillan Percussion
Jimmy Musto Percussion
Howard Van Hyning Conductor
Technical Credits
Wendy Mae Chambers Producer
Sallie Ann Glassman Cover Art
Lars Hole Engineer
Mike Silverton Liner Notes
Manoli Wetherell Engineer
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