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Chicago cornetist Rob Mazurek combines his bands Sao Paulo Underground & Starlicker, adding personnel including drummer John Herndon (Tortoise), vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz and flutist Nicole Mitchell, to write new music in the spirit of later Miles Davis.

Mazurek, Rob Octet
Skull Sessions

Mazurek, Rob Octet: Skull Sessions (Cuneiform)
Label: Cuneiform    
Released in: USA    

"A force on Chicago's singularly inventive music scene for two decades, cornetist Rob Mazurek has recorded with high profile artists such as Tortoise, Jim O'Rourke, Stereolab, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and is an intrepid sound explorer.

Skull Sessions combines two of Rob's groups: Sao Paulo Underground and Starlicker plus additional personnel. The band is an international cast of masters, including drummer John Herndon (of Tortoise), vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz and flutist Nicole Mitchell, (both DownBeat poll winners on their respective instruments), Guilherme Granado on keyboards and electronics, Carlos Issa on guitar and electronics, Mauricio Takara on percussion and cavaquinho (Brazilian ukulele), and Thomas Rohrer on C melody saxophone and rabeca (a rustic Brazilian viola associated with the northeast).

The big bang that led to Skull Sessions detonated when the We Want Miles exhibition at SESC Sao Paulo requested that Mazurek devise a presentation related to his deep affinity for the music of Miles Davis. In characteristic fashion, he decided against recreating any of Davis's music, instead composing new pieces and rearranging earlier works for the Octet's particular personalities and unusual timbres. The resulting album is a exploratory album that puts great musicians and compositions together and trusts in them enough to simply let them go!"-Cuneiform Records

Also available on vinyl LP.

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Product Information:

UPC: 045775034928

Label: Cuneiform
Catalog ID: Rune 349
Squidco Product Code: 17310

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded by Fernando Sanches, Bernardo Pacheco, and Gustavo Potumati at Teatro do SESC Pinheiros, Sao Paulo, Brazil on November 12th and 13th, 2011.


Rob Mazurek-cornet, ring mudulator

Nicole Mitchell-piccolo, flute, voice

John Herndon-drums

Jason Adasiewicz-vibraphone

Mauricio Takara-cavaquinho, percussion

Guilherme Granado-keyboards, electronics

Thomas Rohrer-rabeca, C melody saxophone

Carlos Issa-guitar, electronics

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Track Listing:

1. Galactic Ice Skeleton 17:20

2. Voodoo And The Petrified Forest 15:00

3. Passing Light Screams 15:58

4. Skull Caves Of Alderon 13:02

5. Keeping The Light Up 4:23

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