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 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 with a touch of The Beatles, 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.
Track Listing: Ol' Dirty Hummingbird; Into The Rising Sun; Arnus Nusar; Over The Rainbow; Evetch; Six-Handed Casio; The Love I Feel For You Is More Real Than Ever; Basilio's Crazy Wedding Song; A Árvore De Cereja É Ausente; Taking Back The Sea Is No Easy Task.
Personnel: Rob Mazurek: cornet, evolver, ring modulator, analog delay, harmonium; Guilherme Granado: keyboards, synths, sampler, voice; Mauricio Takara: percussion, cavaquinho, electronics.
I love jazz because I find it to be the best way for a musician to express himself freely. I'm a photographer and I've been playing drums for 30 years, I've been a professional musician for eight years and I like Jazz and Fusion music
I love jazz because I find it to be the best way for a musician to express himself freely. I'm a photographer and I've been playing drums for 30 years, I've been a professional musician for eight years and I like Jazz and Fusion music. In my life I was lucky enough to meet great musicians like Vinnie Colaiuta, Peter Erskine, Steve Smith, Dave Weckl, Horacio el Negro Hernandez, Jojo Mayer, Will Kennedy, Manu Katché, Christian Meyer, Trilok Gurtu, Daniele Sepe, Stefano Bollani, Enzo Avitabile, John Patitucci, Anthony Jackson and many others.