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1900 - Hard Times

by MCM

Three of the world’s most respected musicians in Alex Masi, Randy Coven and John Macaluso live on one stage with the soul intention of creating a moment in time.
Genre: Rock: Instrumental Rock
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Three of the world’s most respected musicians in Alex Masi, Randy Coven and John Macaluso live on one stage with the soul intention of creating a moment in time. “MCM : 1900 – Hard Times” is a window to what happens during an MCM performance. Recorded at different shows from the trio’s live shows throughout the USA and Central America the album is an electrifying showcase of immense musicianship and vision.

“MCM : 1900 – Hard Times” is the result of spontaneous theme elaboration done on the spot with guitarist Alex Masi commenting, “The only written, composed parts are pretty obvious, most intros, some outros and occasionally some bit in the middle but each piece include at least 80% of improvisation”. Masi, Coven and Macaluso find the openness of the MCM material a welcome change to their normal fully scripted studio sessions with drummer John Macaluso stating, “MCM gives us an outlet for our need to let go of all the "do's and don’ts" associated with the life of a professional musician. Sometime the level of synchronicity among us is downright mysterious...when it happens it feels like "something" else is moving our hands and fingers and all we have to do is get out of our own way and let things happen”. Bassist Randy Coven’s adds on MCM approach, “Its absolute freedom from pre-fabricated structures and disregard of general expectations and that's exactly where we are in MCM, listen with your mind wide open.”

The trio’s goal in making the album was to try to convey the feeling of an MCM show to a bigger audience and show also a more immediate side than the one displayed on the previous studio album “Ritual Factory” (Lion Music). The musical influences of MCM come from everywhere - jazz, qawwali, drum n bass, heavy rock, hindu and carnatic music etc yet the freedom shown allows transitions between these genres. “MCM : 1900 – Hard Times” is freedom of expression at its peak from three of the most distinguished performers in music today.


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Martin Brohm Hansen

Very good cd,but they should made a dvd out of it instead,so i would have bought 2.



Department of Virtuosity (Poland)

MCM - 1900 - Hard Times
Aforementioned live album is the result of Alex Masi's, Randy Coven's and John Macaluso's concerts they played in the USA and Central America. You should be prepared for a release where 80% of live performance was based on improvisation.

"1900 - Hard Times" is characterized by Randy's pulsating bass, John's impatient drums and Alex's crazy guitar. Their music is twisted and avantgarde a little bit, however well-arranged where every single tone is precisely performed. The trio rations the tension, so the music develops gradually. Their talents allow them to join many remote styles like jazz/fusion, funk, progresive, rock and even tribal music. Their stuff is massive and heavy, and simultaneously accessible, melodic and ear-catching.

A total improvisation with insane guitar licks, which "1900 - Hard Times" is grounded on, can make it complicated enough to unpractised listeners, but on the other hand can turn out to be an interesting musical story served on world's artistic level. Maybe we still live in hard times, but virtuosos make our existence easier thanks to their vital music. Just play this stuff and let the music flow! Your reactions should be as lively as applauses expressed by the audience.