SÃO PAULO UNDERGROUND
(Post-70s) Eclectic Fusion / Jazz Related Improv/Composition • Brazil

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Sometimes musical taxonomies just don’t work, and for that we can be thankful. At the same time, for someone like Rob Mazurek who traverses with ease his own musical interests without regard for genre, the jazz and rock press (let alone some fellow musicians) don’t exactly know what to do with him. As a cornetist and improvising composer, he’s done some incredible work with the late Bill Dixon (1925-2010) and his own large ensemble, The Exploding Star Orchestra (a Chicago who’s who). That music could certainly be codified loosely within the realm of vanguard jazz and improvisation. But Mazurek is too invested in rock and pop music to not do something with it, and that “something” is what imbues his Underground projects.

Both the Chicago Underground and São Paulo Underground started as duets for cornet, drums and electronics — the former joining Mazurek with Chad Taylor, the latter with Brazilian Mauricio
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Sauna: Um, Dois, Tres
(Post-70s) Eclectic Fusion 2006
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The Principle Of Intrusive Relationships
(Post-70s) Eclectic Fusion 2008
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Tres Cabecas Loucuras
(Post-70s) Eclectic Fusion 2011
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Beija Flors Velho E Sujo
(Post-70s) Eclectic Fusion 2013
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Cantos Invisíveis
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2016

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SÃO PAULO UNDERGROUND Tres Cabecas Loucuras

Album · 2011 · (Post-70s) Eclectic Fusion
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There are times when I come across a jazz album that breaks through traditional boundaries and creates something that is quite different to anything I have heard before, and that is definitely true of this the SPU’s third album. The press release that accompanies this states “you’ll reach for such sonic signifiers as “jazz,” “Brazilian music,” “avant-garde,” and “electro-acoustic” in an attempt to tag ‘Três Cabeças Loucuras’.. when American cornetist Rob Mazurek gets together with his Brazilian buddies Guilherme Granado (keyboards, electronics), Mauricio Takara (drums, percussion, cavaquinho (a small string instrument of the guitar family with four wire or gut strings), electronics) and “fourth member” Richard Ribeiro (drums), all of the aforementioned flavours are on the musical menu, but ultimately, it’s best to just term the end result a kind of joyful “chef’s surprise” that gleefully upends expectations.”

It is definitely jazz, and often avant-garde, but it is the way that the guys approach this and the instrumentation that they use that makes it so inspired. There are pieces that are very dreamy, with keyboards and electronic sounds being quite reminiscent of Can, while at others this is full-on. Mazurek has studied with Art Farmer, and it shows, while of course Miles Davis is also an obvious inspiration although Mazurek himself states that Bill Dixon is his biggest inspiration.

This is an inspired album that fans of jazz or avant-garde music in general will get a great deal from. Visit www.cuneiformrecords.com for more information.

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