Caixa Cubo, Agôra, Jazz and Milk ***1/2

Under-conversation lounge hip-and-happening dress down casual with a core base of AfroBrazilian insouciance to all this, tracks are stocked with plenty of guests. Trumpeter Matthias Schriefl's contribution in a Milesian mode on 'Kismeti' and the …

Published: 1 Mar 2023. Updated: 13 months.

Under-conversation lounge hip-and-happening dress down casual with a core base of AfroBrazilian insouciance to all this, tracks are stocked with plenty of guests. Trumpeter Matthias Schriefl's contribution in a Milesian mode on 'Kismeti' and the title track soar to the top of our repeat play rotation. Zé Leônidas' soft singing on 'Carrossel' is also very appealing. São Paulo trio Caixa Cubo (the grooving Henrique Gomide, keys; Noa Stroeter bass guitar injecting a Richard Bona type frisson to some of the more highwire passages; João Fideles, drums) enhance the album with contributions among others from singers Xenia França the already referred-to Leônidas, Eric Owusu and South African duo Bongani Givethanks & Mpho Nkuzo.

Rhodesy accompaniment doesn't overstay its welcome and gives the sound a wrap around jazz funk warmth that hints at more depth the more you listen. If you are a Gilles Peterson BBC 6 Music Saturday afternoon 3pm listener then you will feel right at home here on an album that proves you can be both credible and highly laidback as scraps of improvisation and extended vamps drift into heartfelt distant reveries. The vibrant vocalese bedecked chasing feel of homage-to-home 'Sábado' with its introductory ''hueeyyyyyy'' - akin to Rob Brydon mimicking the sound of Tom Jones coughing - that also feeds in Leônidas again is among two tracks streaming ahead of the full album to be released by splendidly monikered German label Jazz & Milk - jazz und milch, sounds that bit more preposterous, somehow even to hopelessly monoglot britischer ears and possibly even the Germans who dreamt up the daft name in the first place. Caixa Cubo, photo: press. Out on 31 March

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Tickets go on sale at 10am for the Aladdin Sane Live Royal Festival Hall concert this spring hosted by the Nu Civilisation Orchestra. Musically directed by Peter Edwards the 21 April show features Anna Calvi, Jake Shears, Tawiah, Roxanne Tataei and …

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Tickets go on sale at 10am for the Aladdin Sane Live Royal Festival Hall concert this spring hosted by the Nu Civilisation Orchestra. Musically directed by Peter Edwards the 21 April show features Anna Calvi, Jake Shears, Tawiah, Roxanne Tataei and Lynks and marks 50 years since the release of the classic David Bowie album. Link for more details

Peter Edwards, photo: marlbank

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