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Mandarin Movie: Mandarin Movie

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Mandarin Movie

Could this disc be the enema jazz needs to get it out of its logy state? The answer: “Yes!” in thunder. Mandarin Movie is the tumultuous instant classic conceived by Brazil-via-Chicago cornetist Rob Mazurek (Isotope 217, Chicago Underground Trio, Tigersmilk, Orton Socket). Mazurek’s past projects have shown flashes of understated brilliance, but none has hinted at the revolutionary fury of Mandarin Movie.

Mazurek has arranged what sounds like a once-in-a-lifetime supersession with Matthew Lux (bass, electronics), Steve Swell (trombone), Jason Ajemian (double bass, electronics), Frank Rosaly (drums) and Alan Licht (guitar). While Mazurek long has been interested in infusing electronics into jazz composition, he thrusts them to the fore with Mandarin Movie.

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