Professor "Louie" & The Crowmatix - "Over The Edge" Breeze Hill/Woodstock Records 2001
Aaron "Louie" Hurwitz fronts the Crowmatix, which offers blues in The Band
vein. Indeed the good professor has worked with various members of the group
in recent years, and several - the late Rick Danko and Garth Hudson - make guest appearances on this project. There is also a
cover of the Robbie Robertson penned "Endless Highway". Favorite tracks include
"over The Edge" and the band's interpretation of The Grateful Dead's "Scarlet
Begonias" with its accordion. The tracks trade off lead vocalists between
Hurwitz and Miss Marie Spinosa to nice effect. There is, in fact a nice vibe to
the whole cd. Worth checking out!
- RHYTHM AND NEWS - Poughkeepsie,NY "Over The Edge" is a very hip album - a very supple piece with a lot of great production
value. Larry Packer and Rob Turner arranged very pleasant strings on "No Division-Interlude"
and "No Division Heart and Soul." Vocally the song soars with some very well blended
harmonies by "Miss Marie" and Prof. "Louie".
"Scarlet Begonias" a classic Garcia cover, is magnificent. The horn section is chunky
and has that Dirty Dozen Brass Band sound to it. The break this one down nicely and it
gives the players ample time to groove. Professor "Louie" has a rich voce that works
nicely with the melody Garcia and Hunter created. This version of "Begonias" is exactly
as nature had intended it to be, and it flows for a sweet 11 minutes. Again check out
the horns Tom "Bones" Malone has arranged with help from SNL's Lenny Pickett, as well as
Jim Hynes and Ronnie Cuber. You can also find them on the cover of Ashford and Simpson's
"Running Out". I hope this effort gets Professor "Louie" & The Crowmatix some well deserved
attention. - Dylan Shephard