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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Canadian electric violinist Hugh Marsh fuses many elements of his influences and interests into a virtual tornado of music. Horn charts and acoustic piano meet Afro-Cuban percussion, jazz-funk, electronic techno sounds, Sun Ra space phrases, soulful R&B, poetry, and urban or lunar landscapes, with Marsh's violin plopped spiritually in the midst. There's so much unabashed music layered on top of layer, only listening on headphones can do it justice. Inside the dense shrouds and whirling dervishes, there's common sense, order and purpose -- rarely does anything sound random. Things kick off with a busy, funky, rap strewn, rather macabre take on Sun Ra's "Rocket #9" ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Canadian electric violinist Hugh Marsh fuses many elements of his influences and interests into a virtual tornado of music. Horn charts and acoustic piano meet Afro-Cuban percussion, jazz-funk, electronic techno sounds, Sun Ra space phrases, soulful R&B, poetry, and urban or lunar landscapes, with Marsh's violin plopped spiritually in the midst. There's so much unabashed music layered on top of layer, only listening on headphones can do it justice. Inside the dense shrouds and whirling dervishes, there's common sense, order and purpose -- rarely does anything sound random. Things kick off with a busy, funky, rap strewn, rather macabre take on Sun Ra's "Rocket #9" followed by "The Crossing," a trip to Havana via Yoruba chants aboard a techno flotilla fueled by ancestral poetry, with the route provided by the spacy, soaring violin of Marsh. "Sugarcane's Gone" is a tribute to the late violinist Don "Sugarcane" Harris; James Blood Ulmer's phone message announcing the death of Sugarcane triggers more chanting, grieving distended distortion, and a perky three-horn chart. Marsh's plucked violin aside ring modulated sound assimilates the popping electric bass guitar sound of Jaco Pastorius on an electronique tropicale tinged "Mowgli: Balloon Song," while a "cover" of Sly Stone's "Let Me Have It All" romps and stomps in deep outer space funk fashion à la Parliament/Funkadelic heading to the Crab Nebula. There are two lunar soundscapes titled "Violinvocation," and a techno-trance urban landscape piece "Om." The side personnel are excellent, including bassist Roberto Occhipinti, drummer Dafnis Prieto, percussionist Pedro Martinez, and especially pianist Andy Milne. Where Harris, Jean-Luc Ponty, Jerry Goodman, and peer Christian Howes have tread the path Marsh follows, he's outward bound for another galaxy on this experimental, heady, progressive, exceptional recording, wild-assed in a good way, and a premier project for the new millennium.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/26/2006
  • Label: Cd Baby
  • UPC: 775020740020
  • Catalog Number: 5637326692
  • Sales rank: 217,606

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rocket # 9 (9:21)
  2. 2 The Crossing (8:00)
  3. 3 Let Me Have It All (4:24)
  4. 4 Violinvocation # 2 (5:43)
  5. 5 Mowgli: Balloon Song (6:02)
  6. 6 Om (9:39)
  7. 7 Sugarcane's Gone (4:50)
  8. 8 Violinvocation # 1 (9:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hugh Marsh Primary Artist, Violin, Hammond Organ, Clavinet, Vibes, Korg, Soloist, Baritone Violin, Distortion
James Blood Ulmer Vocals
Mark Kelso Drums
Andy Milne Piano
Kevin Turcotte Trumpet
Richard Brown Bass
Dafnis Prieto Drums
Lazaro Rizo Percussion
Pancho Quinto Percussion
Roberto Occhipinti Acoustic Bass
Jonathan Goldsmith Hammond Organ
Tanya Tagaq Gillis Throat Singing
John "Snakehips" Johnson Bass Clarinet
Technical Credits
Jaco Pastorius Composer
James Blood Ulmer Contributor
Hugh Marsh Composer
Peter Moore Mastering
S. Stewart Composer
Jeff McMurrich Engineer
Ursula Rucker Composer, Poetry
Kokayi Composer
Sun Radio Ibiza Composer
Jonathan Goldsmith Producer
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