November 16th 2007
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
: 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.”
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.