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Saturnalia Trio: Hummingbird

Ok, let's get the reference to Jethro Tull out of the way. Yes, there is a definite vocal similarity of Daniel Crommie's voice to Ian Anderson's but, to be fair, that's where the comparison should stop. Saturnalia Trio is a fantastic acoustic ensemble well versed in Renaissance, Folk and Madrigal genres. What's refreshing about this band is even though they are sounding from a particular musical palate, I never once thought or conjured up being at a Medieval Times with a mug of mead and goth gals dressed up as maidens fair (Ref: "The Cable Guy.") Tight, airy and full of tasty twists and turns, Hummingbirds is a welcome addition to my collection.

The first remarkable piece is 'The Devil's Aerie" with it's odd signature and innovative rhythm section (I mean, how creative can you get with a bodhran?!) an instrumental masterpiece. The tune I fell in love with, "Alfonso X Tune," features a myriad of instruments that are underscored by a pristine and glass-like harp. Another favorite is the eastern/middle-eastern influenced piece "At the Clock's End" with hammered dulcimer scratching out the melody through a haunting canvas of tension and mystery. Leslie Gray's violin is the showcased rather well on this track. Chops are also abundant here as the trio does well to highlight their ability to react musically to each other's voice's.

If you appreciate acoustic efforts, this one is for you and don't let the genre's keep you away. Just as I was reluctant to let Nickel Creek bless my ears, I could have been listening to them a whole lot sooner! Don't make the same mistake I did. Open your ears and minds to this superb trio.

Track Listing
1. Drum of Reverence
2. Keep You in the Dark
3. Caribou Mountain Estampie
4. The Devils Aerie
5. In its Glory/Galliarde
6. Southbound on a Sunny Day ( 08)
7. Chase the Blues
8. Sad, Sad Summer
9. Gemshorn Pipe
10. The Planting Song
11. Comment Qu a a Moy
12. Portum in Ultimo
13. Alfonso X tune
14. Thimbleberry Song
15. Orlando Sleepeth
16. Sleepy Afternoon
17. Qui Porriot un Guierredon
18. Proud Father of My Garden
19. At the Clocks End
20. Sail Out of Darkness

Added: May 11th 2009
Reviewer: Jon Rice
Related Link: New Weave Records
Hits: 1987
Language: english

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