Who says a jazz band can’t play dance music? Bixiga 70 was one of my favorite musical discoveries this year — I really dig the horn section’s sound and the many-layered grooves underneath them. Their fourth album, Quebra Cabeça, dropped in October.
Bixiga 70 draws their name from the Bixiga neighborhood of central São Paulo. On the band’s website, baritone saxophonist Cuca Ferreira details the sources of their sound:
From the very beginning, what we have always had in common is African-Brazilian music. Some of us come from Candomblé, others from jazz, reggae, dub, everything. The whole idea of the band has been to take all these different elements that form us, from Africa and Brazil, and create a hybrid from them.
If you enjoyed this cut, you can catch their full Cultura Livre appearance here.
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Hiromi is one heckuva pianist, with a long playing & recording career yet ahead of her. That's MFSB alum & legendary session man Anthony Jackson on the six-string contrabass (his invention) and ex-Judas Priest drummer Simon Phillips on the skins.
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I keep my eyes on Shabaka Hutchings' many collaborations. In addition to this band, he also currently records & performs with his "Afro-Futurist" band Shabaka & the Ancestors, Afro-Carribean jazz supergroup Sons of Kemet, and the jazz-punk sextet Melt Yourself Down. Oh, and he's also recorded with Mulatu Astatke and the Sun Ra Arkestra. This video's misnamed; the track is actually "Journey Through the Asteroid Belt."
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