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Album Review

Professor Louie and the Crowmatix aren't exactly a tribute group for the Band; they are more a group inspired by the Band and devoted to music in the same style. Singer/keyboard player Aaron Louis Hurwitz, aka Professor Louie (a name bestowed upon him by the Band's Rick Danko), worked with the Band in the latter stages of its career, and with singer/pianist "Miss Marie" Spinosa, he leads the Crowmatix, also consisting of guitarist Josh Colow, bassist Frank Campbell, and drummer Gary Burke, in a selection of Band favorites, covers of songs in a similar country/blues/rock vein, and a few originals on their seventh studio CD, Whispering Pines. The title song is, of course, a Band song from the 1969 album The Band, faithfully rendered here in Hurwitz's soulful, vulnerable tenor, which suggests the voices of Danko and the tune's co-writer, Richard Manuel. Spinosa is more of a blues belter, and she shows that off in her lead vocals on "I Wouldn't Do It That Way," Leonard Cohen's "In My Secret Life," and Bob Dylan's "Gotta Serve Somebody." Sans the other Crowmatix, Hurwitz and Spinosa travel to the Czech Republic to sing with the Czech Radio Symphony on their ambitious original, the closing song, "Melody of Peace." But this group is at its most characteristic in the live take of the Band's signature song, "The Weight."

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Whispering Pines

This song was written by Richard Manuel and Robbie Robertson of The Band. Its a very beautiful heartfelt song of a man dealing with many demons. As well as a soulful thoreauvian type of observation of a man's surroundings. It was written under an extreme sense of loneliness, depression and some hopefulness for an eventual change in one's perception of life. Which Richard Manuel delt with and tried to conquer all his life it seems. I think the Professor and the Crowmatrix, nailed the feeling and sound of this very important musical piece. Kept it as original as possible and added atmospherics to the piece, which isn't an easy thing to do might I add. The Profeesor really has a Richard Manuel vibe to him, thats for sure. I can hear in the orginal piece by The Band, how this influenced many artist after its release from Neil Young to George Harrisons solo albums. I love this version and would highly recommend it for your collection. Christian


Genre: Rock

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Formed by Aaron L. Hurwitz, the Crowmatrix play contemporary blues that is clearly rooted in the form’s early tradition. Hurwitz had earlier played keyboards with the Mighty Gospel Giants Of Harlem and toured with Mercury Rev. He produced albums by Four Men And A Dog and, most notably, produced and played on albums by the Band. Among other bands with which he played, sometimes recording and producing albums, are the David Nelson Band and Graham Parker. For his own group he plays keyboards, Hammond...
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Whispering Pines, Professor Louie & The Crowmatix
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  • $9.90
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: Sep 15, 2009

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