Two Totally Burning Full Concerts!
Music Lover | New York, NY | 09/04/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Screaming Headless Torsos, fronted by guitar whiz David "Fuze" Fiuczynski and be-bop/rock vocalist Dean Bowman, have been ripping into jazz, soul and funk for many years now, and their "Live!!" CD has long been one of my all time faves. The level of creativity and sheer unmatched musicianship on that recording and their others never fails to blow my mind. Now, after a long wait, the guys have released a live DVD from those "Live!!" recording concerts in 1996 and another more recent Paris concert in 2005.
What can I say but that these guys absolutely kill. For any music junkie, vocalist, guitar or bass player, drummer or percussionist, this is like a master class in how it ought to be done. Frontman Dean Bowman is absolutely gripping, moving from soulful to screaming (and it sounds GOOD when he screams!), from incredible scatting to moving ballads with total ease and commitment. Fuze's solos are everything you would expect from a guy hailed as a genius, and with his new focus on fretless guitar, he incorporates some otherworldy sounds that are totally unexpected. There are so few truly original players out there - Fuze is at the top of my list.
The rhythm section of Gene Lake, drums, Daniel Sadownick, percussion and Fima Ephron on bass are the most rocking, funking, jazzing, Latin-influenced (due mostly to Daniel Sadownick's killin' congas) combo out there.
The sound on both discs is excellent - they obviously paid a lot of attention to making it sound as good as possible. My only gripe is at almost three hours, it still wasn't long enough!! A GREAT GREAT dvd."