Friday, August 23, 2013

Sao Paulo Underground, Beija Flors Velho E Sujo

As if again to remind us what a creative, dynamic force Rob Mazurek is in today's music, we have a fine release with the Brazilian-tinged electric trio Sao Paulo Underground, Beija Flors Velho E Sujo (Cuneiform). It's electric, electronically drenched contemporary post-Milesian music (with a relation to tropicalia and electronica as well) with drive. I read that it's a kind of shout-out to Ol' Dirty Bastard, the Wizard of Oz and Sun Ra.

This is a powerful threesome formed by joining together Rob Mazurek on cornet, harmonium and various effects, along with São Paulo’s Guilherme Granado on keyboards, synths, sampler and vocals, and Mauricio Takara on percussion, cavaquinho and electronics.

This is their fourth album. Rob's cornet sounds just beautiful; Guilherme and Mauricio contribute mightily to the sound. It has the bite of the electronic, interesting arrangements, powerful drumming, enough outness to provide traction and Rob in a definite groove. What more?

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