Cabezas de Cera — Hecho en México
(El Angelito Editor no#, 2007, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 2009-07-01Cabezas en vivo! There is no better way to experience this band – CDC’s live shows are positively amazing, exploding with energy and instrumental precision. Live they can go anywhere, jumping from quiet serene passages and blasts of melodic brilliance into wild freaky jams and intense percussive workouts. One will never know what’s improvised and what’s scored because the ideas flow so eloquently from this mostly instrumental Mexico City based trio of saxes/ewi (Ramses Luna), Chapman stick/Guitars (Mauricio Sotelo), and drums and percussion (Francisco Sotelo). And much recognition must be given to Edgar Arrellin at the soundboard, essentially the fourth member of the trio, as this is one of the best sounding live albums this writer has heard. Unlike most live releases, Hecho en Mexico is not simply a rehashing of existing studio material in a live setting, but instead a showcase for all new material. This is a space where elements of folk, funk, ethnic, jazz, rock and avant-garde all mix freely, and all three players regularly occupy the spotlight, but never to the exclusion of the others; Those who know CDC’s earlier releases, or anyone who has had the good fortune to see them play live will have a good idea what to expect here; those who don’t know the band yet are in for a great surprise.
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