The Spice of Life

by Barry Hyman

Released 2012
Sweet and Happy
Released 2012
Sweet and Happy
Full electric dance band with horns playing original instrumentals with Caribbean, Latin, African, Brazilian, R&B, and Celtic influences
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Another all-instrumental cd from groovemaster Barry "King Happy" Hyman, THE SPICE OF LIFE features guitar, trumpet, pedal steel guitar, sax, harmonica, alto recorder, flute, and mandolin solos, with lots of percussion and a big horn section. The instrumentals are all original compositions but have Caribbean, Latin, African, Brazilian, R&B, and Celtic roots. This cd is the long-awaited sequel to Hyman's More Than Halfway Home album.

Barry is joined by his old friends Jared Shapiro (…
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In MY Country

by King Happy

Released 2004
Worldsoul
Released 2004
Worldsoul
Spoken word -- savagely critical of the American and Israeli governments -- over funky hip-hop, r&b, and world-beat grooves.
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"Government is just an army run by rich people to protect them while they steal from the rest of us." (from High School)

King Happy's controversial and brutally honest spoken word performances - poetic visions of the modern-day hell we all live in - will send chills up your spine. And yet the music by groovemaster Derrik Jordan (Touch The Earth, Expecting A Miracle, Super String Theory) is unbearably seductive. The synergy between the words …
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More Than Halfway Home

by Barry Hyman

Released 2005
Sweet and Happy
Released 2005
Sweet and Happy
Exquisitely crafted instrumental grooves with Caribbean, African, Arabic, Celtic, Indian, Latin, and R&B roots.
NOTES
Like magical guitar? Then buy this cd.
Like George Bush? Then don't buy this cd.
Fond of reggae? Afropop? Tropical islands? You'll love this record.
Fond of stocks and bonds and loaded guns? Sorry, we can't help you.
Like to make love in the warm sun? This is the music to put on before you start.
Like to watch war movies in the dark? Wrong website; go elsewhere.
Is music your medicine? This cd can …
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Natural History
2003-08-08
words by Barry Hyman; music by Jared Shapiro, Derrik Jordan, and Barry Hyman

Story

I originally wrote this as a poem and sent it in an email to about 200 friends encouraging them to come to this coffeehouse I used to play at.  But when the coffeehouse owners saw it they banned me from the place.  The next week my band played there without me so I fired them all, broke up the band, took our only cd offline, and started a new band.  A few years later Natural History set the poem to (totally improvised and absolutely unrehearsed) music.  This is live -- I was rapping and playing the guitar at the same time, something I have never tried to do before or since.  Derrik Jordan recorded it and is playing keyboards; Jared Shapiro is playing percussion.  The three of us have been playing together since 1973; we recorded this in 2002 or 2003...  It is on the cd The Great Apes of Vermont; click on "links" to listen to more or to buy it.

Barry Hyman
2014-09-09
Barry Hyman

Story

I wrote this song in 1981, after having a dream about The Free Republic of Vermont, and a version of it appeared on one of my albums in the eighties.  This version was recorded in 2014, with the great Johnny Yuma on drums.  I'm singing and playing rhythm guitar, keyboard bass, and pedal steel lead.  These are studio tracks but it sounds wonderfully live to me!

Zuela
2008-09-13
Barry Hyman

Story

This is from Zuela's cd Off The Map.  (Click on "links" to listen more or to buy it.)  Lyle Somers is on drums, Jacob Goldstone on sax, Isaac Leslie on trumpet, Ben Morse on bass, Lucas Sconzo and I are playing the guitars, I'm playing harmonica, and special guest Nick Hetko is playing keyboards.  I wrote, arranged, recorded, and produced it.  Zuela started in 2001 as a student ensemble, but quickly turned into a real band, as you can hear from this 2008 release...

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My Next Three Gigs:

  • 11/24/2017
    Mount Anthony Country Club - Bennington, VT
     
  • 12/05/2017
    Green Mountain College - Poultney, VT
     
  • 12/16/2017
    Troy Farmer's Market - Troy, NY
     

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