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Possible Cube
Chicago Underground Trio
Possible Cube
Genres: Alternative Rock, Jazz, Pop
 
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Possible Cube is the most consistently engaging recording that Rob Mazurek has released since he transformed himself from a hard-bop standard-bearer into the brass-bearing MVP of Chicago's genre-scorning avant-sound set. B...  more »

      
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All Artists: Chicago Underground Trio
Title: Possible Cube
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Delmark
Original Release Date: 3/9/1999
Re-Release Date: 3/30/1999
Genres: Alternative Rock, Jazz, Pop
Style: Avant Garde & Free Jazz
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 038153051129

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Possible Cube is the most consistently engaging recording that Rob Mazurek has released since he transformed himself from a hard-bop standard-bearer into the brass-bearing MVP of Chicago's genre-scorning avant-sound set. Besides playing with space-funk merchants Isotope 217 and the Chicago Underground Trio (which has previously billed itself as a duo and an orchestra), Mazurek has played his cornet on albums by Tortoise, Sam Prekop, and Jim O'Rourke. On this record he posits an alternate universe where the radioactive drones of Miles Davis's early-'70s recordings morph into Dr. Who-like electronic environments and Don Cherry pitches his tent in the Brazilian rain forest. Bassist Noel Kupersmith and drummer Chad Taylor lend coherence to Mazurek's eclectic vision by anchoring his lyrical flights with swinging grooves and levitating his more abstract forays with billowing, textured surfaces. Pinch hitter Jeff Parker abandons his guitar on two tracks to contribute sulfurous, percolating organ eruptions--he should play the instrument more often. --Bill Meyer

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CD Reviews

Avante-Garde Restrained Jazz with Electronic Garnishes
04/30/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"A few of the guys from Tortoise (Rob Mazurek and Jeff Parker) get together to play some experimental jazz. The melodies are restrained but they are defenitely there. If you like Tortoise or MIles Davis, you should defenitely check this one out."
Begin with Sound
rootwitch | 04/10/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"With that motto, the Chicago Underground Trio set out to record this album, with satisfying, though mixed results. Once again Rob Mazurek's work on the cornet is superb all the way through, and his compositional process is daring, to say the least. To Isotope 217's fans, there's a version of "La Jetée" at the end. On a final note, many people noted similarities between this work and Miles 'electric' period. I can't say this is THAT noticeable, but I think the so-called Chicago "avant-sound" movement has something to say on its own, and it deserves a careful audition of its key elements."
Possible Cube - Possibly Cool
herbert h ransburg | Florida, USA | 12/18/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Totally random CD choice for me while in Chicago this week. This CD reminds me of 'Sketces of Spain". The spacing and concepts of the music really brought back some old memories. Some of the sound effects and abstract noises could have been slighyt dimmed a bit. Overall, the CD is a wonderful addition to the new music rack in my listening room."