by Chicago Underground OrchestraChicago Underground Orchestra


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A revelation. Cornetist Mazurek and his Chicago Underground Orchestra -- here consisting of guitarist Jeff Parker (from Tortoise), trombonist Sara P. Smith, bassist Chris Lopes, and drummer Chad Taylor -- create some of the freshest sounds of late-'90s jazz. Mazurek and Parker's original tunes have the loose improvisatory feel of Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock's late-'60s compositions, giving soloists free reign to strut their stuff. The two cover tunes -- Hancock's "Blow Up" and Duke Ellington's "Le Sucrier Velours" -- sound right at home here, with the first treated to a driving, percussive workout, while the latter floats along at a more meditative pace. Imaginative use of instrumental colors and combinations prevail throughout the album. Mazurek's playing on the drifting "Inner Soul of H" has that vulnerable purity that Miles Davis exhibited on his In a Silent Way sessions. High praise.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/10/1998
Label: Delmark
UPC: 0038153050320
catalogNumber: 503
Rank: 97811

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chicago Underground Orchestra   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Rob Mazurek   Trumpet,Cornet,Bells,Bamboo Flute,Toy Trumpet
Jeff Parker   Guitar,Recorder,cowbell
Dan Bitney   Conga
Sara P. Smith   Percussion,Trombone,Cymbals,Glockenspiel,Recorder,Vocals
Johnny Herdon   Bongos
Chris Lopes   Bass,Vocals,Indian Flute
Tony Pinciotti   Percussion
Chris Lopez   Bass
Chad Taylor   Drums

Technical Credits

Robert G. Koester   Producer
Rob Mazurek   Producer
Jeff Parker   Producer
Bundy K. Brown   Engineer

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