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Album Review

If you're looking for a true inheritor of the Band's eclectic roots music, look no further than Professor Louie & the Crowmatix's rousing Over the Edge on Breeze Hill Records. Professor Louie (aka Aaron Hurwitz), a longtime associate of the Band — both as a musician and producer — fronts a formidable cast of talent that can swing all over the Americana map. A cover of Kevin Doherty's "Restless Islands" is pure wistful yet driving country-rock, buoyed by Louie's rootsy vocals, sparkling piano, and Levon Helm pitching in on mandolin. The title track finds the group in bouncing electric blues mode, while Miss Marie Spinosa's rich vocals spur on a rollicking take of Ashford & Simpson's "Runnin' Out" (with a crackin' horn section led by Tom Malone). Louie's Band buddies Rick Danko and Garth Hudson show up as well, with the latter adding his majestic organ runs to an 11-minute version of the Grateful Dead's "Scarlet Begonias" that showcases, among other things, Louie's accordion mastery. Superb, down-home musicianship propels this album throughout.

Customer Reviews

As comfortable as an old friend

I do a weekly independent radio show and podcast (The Great American Music Hour, available on iTunes), and have played a number of these songs on my program. There is the inevitable comparisons to The Band, of course, but a song like "Tear of the Clouds" stands completely on it's own merits. Still, the sound is comfortably familiar, so if you DO like the music of The Band, you're going to dig this, too. Check it out.


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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