Cicada

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Hazmat Modine's first album, 2006's Bahamut, earned a placing in the Billboard blues chart. Five years later, the band's second, Cicada, might be more appropriately slotted in the magazine's traditional jazz chart. Truthfully, however, Hazmat Modine present an eclectic mixture of roots styles that is nearly beyond category. Bandleader Wade Schuman sings in an expressive adenoidal tenor and fronts a group dominated by both familiar and less frequently employed horns Joe Daley plays sousaphone and tuba in what might be called a "Ry Cooder meets the Dirty Dozen Brass Band" manner. But that's only the core of the sound, which also includes other unusual instruments and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Hazmat Modine's first album, 2006's Bahamut, earned a placing in the Billboard blues chart. Five years later, the band's second, Cicada, might be more appropriately slotted in the magazine's traditional jazz chart. Truthfully, however, Hazmat Modine present an eclectic mixture of roots styles that is nearly beyond category. Bandleader Wade Schuman sings in an expressive adenoidal tenor and fronts a group dominated by both familiar and less frequently employed horns Joe Daley plays sousaphone and tuba in what might be called a "Ry Cooder meets the Dirty Dozen Brass Band" manner. But that's only the core of the sound, which also includes other unusual instruments and found sounds. The instrumental "In Two Years," for example, combines a haunting trumpet refrain, odd percussion, and the sounds of fireworks. Schuman can turn to traditional blues, as he does on "Buddy," which has a "St. James Infirmary" feel to it, and to conventional old-school R&B, on "I've Been Lonely for So Long." But even on such tracks, he changes things up, letting the horns weave in and out as he sings in a mannered, slightly tongue-in-cheek style, like Tom Waits in a higher key. The danger with such self-consciously mixed-up revivalist music is of course that it can come off as something of a joke, but Schuman and company are too accomplished as players for that; they are having a lot of fun, not just being funny. No wonder they have attracted prominent guests like Natalie Merchant, who blends into the group vocals on "Child of a Blind Man," and the Kronos Quartet, who make of the closing track, "Dead Crow," a hybrid of country hoedown and contemporary chamber music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/17/2011
  • Label: Barbes
  • UPC: 881626939222
  • Catalog Number: 31
  • Sales rank: 156,009

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mocking Bird (3:44)
  2. 2 Child of a Blind Man (4:12)
  3. 3 Two Forty Seven (4:46)
  4. 4 Cicada (4:52)
  5. 5 Buddy (6:08)
  6. 6 In Two Years (2:00)
  7. 7 I've Been Lonely For So Long (4:19)
  8. 8 The Tide (5:50)
  9. 9 Ebb Tide (0:46)
  10. 10 Walking Stick (3:01)
  11. 11 So Glad (5:44)
  12. 12 Cotonou Stomp (2:05)
  13. 13 Dead Crow (3:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hazmat Modine Primary Artist
Elaine Caswell Vocals
Hank Dutt Viola
Steve Elson Clarinet, Piccolo, Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Contra-alto Clarinet
David Harrington Violin
Scott Lehrer Vocals
Natalie Merchant Vocals
Catherine Russell Vocals
John Sherba Violin
Erik Della Penna Guitar, Vocals, Hand Clapping
Alexis Bloom Vocals
Bill Barrett Vocals, Chromatic Harmonica
Joe Daley Tuba, Sousaphone
Alexander Fedoriouk Cimbalom
Reut Regev Trombone
Magloire Ahouandjinou Trumpet, Vocals
Martial Ahouandjinou Trombone, Vocals
Benoît Avihoue Percussion, Vocals
Athanase Dehoumon Flugelhorn, Vocals
Lucien Gbaguidi Saxophone, Vocals
Crespin Kpitiki Percussion, Vocals
James Vodounnon Sousaphone, Vocals
Jeffrey Zeigler Cello
Wade Schuman Guitar, Vocals, Hand Clapping
Pete Smith Guitar, Vocals
Michael Gomez Guitar, Balalaika, shamisen, Lap Steel Guitar, Electric Mando Cello, Guitar (Resonator)
Michael Farkas Vocals, Hand Clapping
Pam Fleming Trumpet
Eric Yovogan Trumpet, Vocals
Richard Livingston Huntley Drums, Gong, talking drum, Log Drums
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Steve Elson Arranger
Scott Lehrer Producer, Engineer
Scott Hull Mastering
Paul Antonell Engineer
Sal Mormando Engineer
Jacob Garchik Arranger, String Arrangements
J. Daley Composer
Alex Venguer Engineer
Wade Schuman Arranger, Producer, Paintings
Scott Fraser Engineer
Anya Rozhdestvenskaya Layout
M. Gomez Composer
Jean-Pierre Roy Images
Mikael Djossou Engineer
Roland Böffgen Engineer
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