29

São Paulo Underground: Três Cabenças Loucuras

Raul d'Gama Rose By

Sign in to view read count
São Paulo Underground: Três Cabenças Loucuras As the great tradition of Brazilian music swept down in all its glory from the sertão, into the river basins, and gradually to the urban areas of Rio and São Paulo, several mavericks remained in the vanguard, continuing to cross-pollinate the music as it gathered in strength and momentum. Among the first of these was Hermeto Pascoal. The generation of Chico Buarque, Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil followed. Although Pascoal withdrew to remain close to the music of the Northeast and choro, Buarque, Veloso and Gil (protesting the status quo) formed an urban tribe. With them "Música Popular Brasileira," MPB, was created.

This music, with a groove deep in choro, samba, maracatu and so on, continued to be ironic, protested many ills of society, and created a worldwide sensation. That was the '70s... Jump to the modern era, and musicians like Arnaldo Antunes held sway. Hot on his heels, Carlinhos Brown arrived in his magical mystery tour bus. Tom Zé was holding court all through this time. Guinga was as well, but in a different domain. And now today...

It is impossible to ignore the attack of Sao Paulo Underground—musical terrorists of a different kind, their approach similar to that of Bill Laswell, yet different. The SPU is likely to use choro as a basis for everything, yet they innovate by using a greater load of electronics than traditional instruments. On Três Cabenças Loucuras the cultures of the urban and the urban underground collide. The rap is sung in a meter similar (but revolutionary) to that of choro as the music breaches the surface. It describes the denizens of the people, the favela ("slums"), where heartache and joy, peace and disquiet, live like strange bedfellows under the same gun. This is what flavors the brilliant antagonism of "Colibri" and "Rio Negro."

The mangled electronics nestle cheek by jowl with the aching lament of the cavaquinho. Rob Mazurek's cornet sounds a loud wail as the assault on the senses is made. There seems no way that this music could take back the alegria ("joy") of Brazil. However, in the calming choro of "Agoda's Dream," notice is given to a happy way of life, despite the abject realities of the favelas. This is music made out of the same dust that created the men who live it—a raw, beautiful lifestyle where the sadness of the choro can also mean utter joy, no matter what the complaint.


Track Listing: Jagoda's Dream; Pigeon; Carambola; Colibri; Just Lovin'; Lado Leste; Six Six Eight; Rio Negro.

Personnel: Rob Mazurek: cornet, electronics, voice; Mauricio Takara: cavaquinho, drums, percussion, electronics, voice; Guilherme Granado: keyboards, loops, samplers, percussion, voice; Richard Ribeiro: drums, voice; Kiko Dinucci: guitar, voice; Jason Adasiewicz: vibraphone (5, 7); John Herndon: drums (5, 7); Matthew Lux: bass guitar (7).

Year Released: 2012 | Record Label: Cuneiform Records


Shop

More Articles

Read A Dark and Stormy Day CD/LP/Track Review A Dark and Stormy Day
by Dave Wayne
Published: March 1, 2017
Read Pocono Git-Down CD/LP/Track Review Pocono Git-Down
by Edward Blanco
Published: March 1, 2017
Read Rímur CD/LP/Track Review Rímur
by Henning Bolte
Published: March 1, 2017
Read Schönbrunn CD/LP/Track Review Schönbrunn
by Tyran Grillo
Published: March 1, 2017
Read Northern Adventures CD/LP/Track Review Northern Adventures
by Jack Bowers
Published: February 28, 2017
Read Collider CD/LP/Track Review Collider
by John Sharpe
Published: February 28, 2017
Read "Special Kay!" CD/LP/Track Review Special Kay!
by Jack Bowers
Published: May 18, 2016
Read "From the Heart" CD/LP/Track Review From the Heart
by Victor L. Schermer
Published: December 20, 2016
Read "One" CD/LP/Track Review One
by Roger Farbey
Published: April 21, 2016
Read "Echoes From Rudolph's" CD/LP/Track Review Echoes From Rudolph's
by John Sharpe
Published: March 30, 2016
Read "Hearts & Minds" CD/LP/Track Review Hearts & Minds
by Mark Corroto
Published: September 22, 2016
Read "Backlog" CD/LP/Track Review Backlog
by James Nadal
Published: February 27, 2017

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: Jazz Near You | GET IT  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!