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Exercising the Demons

  • 1. Top of the Hill
    2. Together
    3. Still Around
    4. Next 2 U
    5. Never Be the Same
    6. Enough
    7. Walk
    8. Rescue Me
    9. God Knows
    10. Give It All Back
    11. Exercising the Demons
    12. Headin' for the Door
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 16

  • Credits
    EngineerJohn Shyloski

    Big Fuzz: Fuzz (vocals, guitar); Rob Somerville (saxophone); Barry Seelen (keyboards); Benjamin Lefevre (bass instrument); Andy Sanesi.
    Personnel: Gideon Freudmann (cello); Brady Mason (trumpet, flugelhorn); Rob Volo, Elliot Mason (trombone); Barry Seelen (Fender Rhodes piano, clavichord); Andy Sanesi (drums); Marc Balling (percussion); Donisha Leggett, Skip Jennings, Lisa Maria Smith, Shara Johnson, Andrea Black (background vocals).
    Additional personnel: Craig Strubble (harmonica); Bradley Mason (trumpet, flugelhorn, EWI); Scott Messersmith, Marc Balling (percussion); Gideon Freudmann, Rob Volo, Elliot Mason.
    Recording information: RMI Studios, Telefunken Studios; Shumasonics; The Carriage House.
    A sidebar band by singer/guitarist Fuzz of the jam band stalwarts Deep Banana Blackout, Big Fuzz is a curious mixture of straight-up bar band boogie in the continuum that stretches from ZZ Top to Blues Traveler, mixed with a level of almost punkish aggression that's kind of unusual for a band in a scene more often associated with post-hippie mellowness. The album kicks off with the bluesy "Top of the Hill," a song powered by a heavy beat from drummer Andy Sanesi and Fuzz's own heavily distorted guitar that -- no kidding -- sounds a lot like the White Stripes would if they had a more traditional lineup. Throughout the album, the band's secret weapon is organist Barry Seleen, who plays old-school instruments like a Hammond B-3 and a '70s-style Clavichord, giving the album a funky flavor akin to the best of the Band or Little Feat, but in keeping with the band name, Fuzz hogs the spotlight for himself most of the time. Luckily, his playing is varied and refreshingly free of both derivative licks and excessive showboating, making Exercising the Demons a jam band album that even those allergic to "tasty licks" can appreciate. ~ Stewart Mason

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