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Two weeks after the passing of his mother to cancer, cornetist Rob Mazurek and his Black Cube sextet recorded this profound album blending acoustic and electronics with intense spiritual and emotional energy, a fitting tribute that explores our connection to the next stage.

Mazurek, Rob & Black Cube SP (featuring Sao Paulo Underground)
Return The Tides: Ascension Suite And Holy Ghost

Mazurek, Rob & Black Cube SP (featuring Sao Paulo Underground): Return The Tides: Ascension Suite An (Cuneiform)

Label: Cuneiform    
Released in: Canada    

"I have never witnessed such an intimate and emotional situation in my life (diagnosed with Stage Four cancer and gone 11 days later) and the profoundness of the event still has me reeling with a sense of wonderment, bereavement and, once again, the realization that in fact I know nothing about anything. I was brought up Catholic and, soon after my official release into the world at the age of 18, began an intense study of Buddhism and various other religious, philosophical, political and poetic dogmas and non-dogmas.

I have always thought of the idea of passing as a beautiful thing, in which the soul or life force of the individual is somehow transferred to the immensity and brilliance of the entirety. The idea of Heaven and Hell (and everything inbetween) has always been a hallmark within the limited spectrum of what we humans can come up with and the idea of God or Gods has, for some, been an interesting way of putting a life and circumstances into some kind of mysterious belief system that can at times be fed off of and at times be fed to.

My Mother was a kind of spiritual being that would drink her cup of green tea every morning, marvel at the birds flying through the backyard and bestow upon you, slowly and quietly, the beauty and virtues of life. Sometimes you would not even notice it happening. I notice this now and think about it often. One of the very last things she said to me was that no matter where she was in the universe and wherever I was, she would always hear me. This gave her peace and myself as well.

We played this music with as much spiritual and emotional energy as I have witnessed in a situation, and we channeled the Mother Energy through it-towards the safe travel and passage to wherever my Mother might be going and, as my tears (our tears) fell after the last voice is heard in this suite of sound, the life force that is forever hers spoke silently and gently towards a new beginning that is not far off for any of us."-Rob Mazurek

Also available on vinyl LP.

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Product Information:


Label: Cuneiform
Catalog ID: CUN-CD-399
Squidco Product Code: 19810

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2014
Country: Canada
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded at El Rocha Studio in Sao Paulo, Brazil on May 20th, 2013 by Fernando Sanches.


Rob Mazurek-cornet, electronics, voice

Maurico Takara-drums, cavaquinho, voice

Guilherme Granado-keyboards, synths, sampler, voice

Thomas Rohrer-rabeca, electronics, soprano saxophone, voice

Rogerio Martins-percussion, voice

Rodrigo Brandao-voice

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Track Listing:

1. Oh Mother (Angel's Wings) 16:45

2. Return the Tides 16:56

3. Let the Rain Fall Upwards 18:08

4. Reverse the Lightning 16:17