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Screaming Headless Torsos: 1995

The Screaming Headless Torsos, a terribly destructive five piece fronted by outre ax slinger Dave Fiuczynski, is considerably more edgy-compositionally and improv-wise-than your average rock-funk-fusion band. That’s one reason their two recent discs-one live, and one studio recorded in the mid-’90s-still sound fresh. Screaming Headless Torsos 1995 (Fuzelicious Morsels) is a retooled version of a previously released CD. The band’s vocal-fronted, hard-charging amalgam of funk, rock and jazz should be more than a belly full for folks who haven’t heard them before (check the disc-opening “Vinnie” for evidence). And Screaming Headless Torsos 1995’s two bonus tunes will please old and new fans alike: the eye-opening reworking of “Little Wing” (Fuze’s intro is worth the album price alone) and “Something” are amazing enough to get you to wear out your repeat button.

There are plenty of similar moments on Screaming Headless Torsos Live! (Fuzelicious Morsels)-check Fuze’s twisted introduction to “Blue in Green.” And the entire outfit-percussionist Daniel Sadownick drummer Gene Lake, bassist Fima Ephron and vocalist Dean Bowman-gets space to flex. For proof of their muscle, see the percussion workout that drives “Smile in a Wave.”

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