With a fresh take on Brazilian-Latin jazz, Macuco Quintet plays original pieces (and some by Brazilian genius Hermeto Pascoal) that mix hip-shaking grooves, unexpected harmonies, playful melodies, and expressive improvisations. Influenced by jazz composers Julius Hemphill, Carla Bley, Hermeto Pascoal, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Sun Ra and others, and inspired by the nature, people & music of Brazil. Add a dash of nostalgia for 1970s jazz, then pour in some serious fun and a belief in the soul-nourishing power of music, and the Macuco Quintet stew is ready to serve!
Macuco Quintet was formed in Boston in 2014 by Joel Springer, a long-time member of Boston’s Your Neighborhood Saxophone Quartet. The group has a somewhat unusual instrumentation: three saxophonists (playing five different types of saxophone, plus clarinet), an electric bassist, and a drummer who sometimes plays melodica.
“Love the front line in this band: saxophonists Allan Chase, Joel Springer, and Rick Stone. And they’ll all be doubling, so expect provocative voicings and yummy sonorities. And, oh yeah, the rhythm team is also tops: bassist Fernando Huergo and drummer Austin McMahon -Jon Garelick, The Arts Fuse, 9/27/15