So, you might have run into the Chicago Underground Duo (or Trio or Quartet, depending on who shows up), at some point in your wanderings...an ensemble focused around Rob Mazurek, a cornet player from Chicago. Turns out that the number of players is not the only permutation in his equations. He also moved the whole concept to Brazil, found some like-minded players and started the Sao Paulo Underground...reviewed today at Blurt. I said:
"Três Cabeças Loucuras is the group's third album, a lighthearted but not unserious romp through space-age Latin and non-Latin styles. The sound ranges from vibraphone plunking, eccentrically metered Chicago post-rock ("Six Six Eight," which brings along Mazurek's Exploding Star compatriots, John Herndon, Jason Adasiewicz and Matt Lux) to heat-shimmering, electronically embellished Tropicalia ("Pigeon" based on a traditional maracatu and Takara's lilting, hip-shifting "Carambola"). The main constants are complex rhythms, a futuristic use of synths, electronics and effects and Mazurek's high, fever-dream cornet trills, which float like jet trails over jungle-y tangles of funk-jazz syncopation."
Artist: Sao Paulo Underground (feat. Rob Mazurek) - Song: Jagoda's Dream - Album: Tres Cabecas Loucuras by CuneiformRecords