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Sao Paulo Underground: Beija Flors Velho E Sujo (2013)

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Sao Paulo Underground: Beija Flors Velho E Sujo Track review of "The Love I Feel for You is More Real than Ever"

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Once again this trio sounds like a larger unit and its capricious implementations remain a constant. The band's makeup contains an assortment of keys, percussion, electronics effects and other tools of the trade. Yet Chicago progressive jazz trumpeter Rob Mazurek
Rob Mazurek
Rob Mazurek
b.1965
cornet
is the primary soloist, sporting a big brassy tone and imposing presence. The musicians unify the outside spectrum of jazz with conventional flavors. And they incorporate a comprehensive bag of tricks into these dynamically moving parts. Their boundless imaginative powers and wily song forms has always been a source of interest. The trio busts genres wide open, contrasted by tuneful themes and layered electronics, including moments that summon classic space-rock, house music beats, progressive jazz stylizations and venomous improvisational segments.

The trio's pop sensibilities come to light on "The Love I Feel for You is More Real Than Ever." Here, Mazurek's lines take on singing attributes as he blasts a harmonious theme atop monster bass lines and a thrusting pulse. And Guilherme Grandao's multilayered keys and treatments intertwine with offbeat breakouts and warbling, psychedelics. Indeed, the musicians create a soundstage that offers a lot of depth. As for comparisons, perhaps early Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd
b.1964
band/orchestra
with a touch of The Beatles
The Beatles
The Beatles

band/orchestra
, aggregated into a roughly hewn Chicago avant-jazz mindset.

On paper it would seem like an unlikely concoction, but is a testament to the artists' plight to offer its audience a uniquely entertaining dichotomy.

Personnel: Rob Mazurek: cornet, evolver, ring modulator, analog delay, harmonium; Guilherme Granado: keyboards, synths, sampler, voice; Mauricio Takara: percussion, cavaquinho, electronics.

Record Label: Cuneiform Records


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