Formed around Rob Mazurek, a key player in the Chicago post rock/modern jazz scene, this is the third album by this outstanding jazz and electronics group with strong Brazilian/world music influences. Rob's cornet and electronics mingle with the 3 Brazilian musicians who provide the sounds of the cavaqquinho (the 'miniature guitar of Brazil), laptops, more electronics, loops, samplers, percussion, two drummers and vocals. "Tres Cabeças Loucuras" is the third album by Sao Paulo Underground and can be translated as either Three Crazy Heads or Three-Headed Craziness. The group have a huge, modern, catchy sound which launches Brazil's "Tropicalia' into a new, heavily electronic millennia.
Limitless in its possibilities. --Rolling Stone
A few years ago, the Chicago-based cornetist Rob Mazurek moved to Brazil, and he took with him a communal rather than individual ideal. Instead of creating projects under his own name with Brazilian musicians, he formed a new band (São Paulo Underground) that combined his Chicago Underground group dynamic and investigations in electronics with sounds from the Amazon. Even though Mazurek eventually moved back to the United States, he has continued working with his South American group. Its new release (recorded in Brazil, mastered in Chicago) brings together a collage of samples, loops and keyboard effects that buttress Mazurek s stirring cornet tone. This blend is made even richer because cavaquinho player Mauricio Takara and percussionist Guilherme Granado are as well-versed in electronica as Mazurek is. Some Chicagoans make guest appearances like vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz and drummer John Herndon and the combined collective strength is reason enough to take this act on a global tour. --Aaron Cohen - Downbeat