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Bahamut

Hazmat ModineAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 29, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Barbes
  • ASIN: B000H0M4XY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,610 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Hazmat Modine is the kind of ensemble that could have come only from New York. The core group consists of harmonica virtuosos Wade Schuman and Randy Weinstein, tuba player Joseph Daly, drummer Richard Huntley, guitarist Pete Smith, and Pamela Fleming on trumpet and flugelhorn. The fifteen-track CD presents an ensemble with a Sybil complex of multiple musical personalities. "Yesterday Morning" resembles a New Orleans funeral dirge with a reggae beat. "It Calls Me" melds the Mississippi Delta with Huun-Huur-Tu's Asian-born Tuvan throat singing. The exotic array of instruments includes the Romanian cimbalon, zamponia, Hawaiian steel guitar, electric banjitar, contrabass sax, claviola, and bass marimba. In the hands of lesser musicians this stuff would sound like a mess, but these guys make it work, with dancing diplomacy that would put the U.N. to shame. If this isn't world music, I don't know what is. --Eugene Holley, Jr.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bahamut Stands Alone November 22, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Thanks, public radio, for introducing me to this band and this release; the snippets of music I heard had me buying this CD that evening.

So, how to encapsulate this release? This is a damp, dark and swampy thing, a kind of Tom Waits meets Squirrel Nut Zippers meet City Lights Orchestra. I'm hearing all kinds of things in this music: Captain Beefheart, Brave Combo's Kiss of Fire, They Might Be Giants, even a little bit of Eno/Byrnes' My Life in the Bush of Ghosts. It's harmonica-powered delta blues, New Orleans horn orchestra jazz, old-timey dusty curtain stage music, with distinctive non-mainstream instruments and arrangements dropping in stealthily to add surprisingly effective texture and depth.

The title? It's a reference to an animist cosmology explained quickly on Wikipedia, and explored poetically by Tim Pratt in a poem you can find easily enough online. Basically, all creation floats as a mote in the eye of the indescribable, incomprehensible Bahamut. The title track gives you the story.

Instrumentation. This is a primarily acoustic release, with just a little electrics. There are guitars aplenty, and lots of great horn arrangements. And the bottom end is filled out nicely with that reverberating contrabass saxophone and the tuba, doing everything but the predictable pooting oompah, even soloing. And there is the cimbalon, zamponia, Hawaiian steel guitar, electric banjitar, claviola, and bass marimba, all filling in and playing wonderful roles. If you're a harmonica player or fan, this release will spin your gears as fast as they've ever gone.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Indescribably Novel and Terrific CD June 1, 2006
By L. Rap
Format:Audio CD
Finding this CD was like stepping through a looking glass into a strange new world where the blues is a vital art form, world music has a beat, pop is interesting, jug bands have something to say, and the harmonica is an expressive musical instrument. I'm there, I'm listening and looking around, and I just can't believe it's real - but it must be, because I keep playing it, again and again.

There's been lots of web comment on the many and eclectic influences of this new/debut CD from the equally varied fans of this NYC band known for their great live performances. It's all true and clever, but this CD is still just way more than the sum of its parts. May God and Wilson Pickett forgive me for saying so, but this CD has . . . soul. It has a real soul that lives and breathes and makes about a dozen crappy, tired genres wake up, hug each other and dance. They dance together for the first time, and I suspect right now they are out having sex somewhere. I just hope they have kids.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely brilliant. Album of the Year. May 30, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Wow.

Google 'Hazmat Modine', find their website, seek out more information.

The hair on the back of my neck rises up *every* time I hear the title track.

To try and classify this album under a handy-hyphenated genre name is to do it a disservice.

Funky blues harp harmonicas and fat-ass grumbly sax that hit so hard it just hurts.

Vocals that go from sweet and playful to possessed and howling, with lyrics that are enchanted.

Originals & covers. The comfortable and familiar blended with sounds that fell from the moon.

An album that's reminiscent of favorites from your past, but is closer to that thing you thought you saw once, heard once, so long ago - - or did you just imagine it?

Oh, and smoky mystic klezmer cymbalom careening into hot jazz.

Oh, and the occasional drone of Tuvan throat singers, but where's it going now...?!

- - and how does it pull off being so goofy and hot and fun, and strike me as being so spiritual?

If my review has gone loopy, it must be because I was genuinely struck by this music, and the CD impressed me very much. (In case you hadn't noticed)

I hear tons of different, eclectic, unusual music all the time, vintage and new, from all over the map, and I want you to know that you need to hear this album. Honest.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get Your Hazmat On October 15, 2009
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Anyone with a soul--or in need of one--will be transported to Heaven. And Trumpetessa Pam Fleming could teach Gabriel a thing or two.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astounding! January 20, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have been listening to blues for over 40 years and it is rare to hear a very fresh take on the blues which respects the genre and brings a new perspective to the music. In spite of what you may read in reviews this is basically a blues cd which strays only briefly here and there. Wade Schuman's harmonica playing is showcased on most tracks. He has a style reminiscent of Howard Levy and Carlos del Junco but there is also dash of Peg Leg Sam. The tuba is reminiscient of Taj Mahal's past excursions with less traditional instruments. Buy this! Out of this world!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Decent Album June 5, 2006
Format:Audio CD
A very decent album worthy of as much acclaim as any Preservation Hall album. The new wave of scat cats and Squirrel Nut Zippers-lovers will love this album and this band. And anyone with any taste in any music will enjoy the rich blend of low-down, dirty bog-dwelling Blues and Jazz and homegrown artistry this band puts out.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Bahamut
Cant sit still listening to this music. Lively and original. Would love to see them live. Great driving around music
Published 4 months ago by Edward Foran
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun different take
This is a great cd. It's fun, energetic, retro, and futuristic all at once. It's on my frequently played list.
Published 4 months ago by Michael S. Nuckols
5.0 out of 5 stars An ear-opening experience
Listening to Hazmat Modine's first album, "Bahamut," proved an ear-opening experience for me, as I had no idea what I was getting into, no expectations or foreknowledge. Read more
Published on August 17, 2011 by loce_the_wizard
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful.
I will keep this short. This is an excellent album by a truly unique band. Hazmat Modine's music defies categorization so I won't (as an aside, isn't it interesting how every... Read more
Published on May 31, 2011 by M. Brant
5.0 out of 5 stars Jazz Fest Hit!
After seeing this band perform at the Jazz Festival in Montreal, I was an instant fan. The crazy combination of Wade Schuman's soulful vocals and an array of instruments from... Read more
Published on September 25, 2008 by Peter Bassney
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Amazing, incredible, fun music. Makes me laugh and happy. Sci-fi, fantasy, folk, blues, throat singing. Could this be fantasy folk blues? I recommend this band for everyone.
Published on June 14, 2008 by Juhani Kasurinen
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST buy for the eclectic listener!
WOW! This is now one of my favorite CDs - and that is not a title that is given away lightly or very often. Read more
Published on September 26, 2007 by Zombie Chick
5.0 out of 5 stars Bahamut by Hazmat Modine!
I never heard of Hazmat Modine until I saw them at the Montreal Jazz Fest. You have to swing or sway with their music!! Read more
Published on August 1, 2007 by Glitter-Gail
5.0 out of 5 stars heard them on NPR...
Heard them on NPR and couldn't forget them. Only one track I could do without. Try it!
Published on May 7, 2007 by Elizabeth Perry
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised
Loving the blues like I do, the cool harmonica on the cover caught my eye. I buy music sometimes based on what the CD cover looks like and I'm rarely disappointed. Read more
Published on March 11, 2007 by C. J. Hanson
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