Satanique Samba Trio Sangrou

Satanique Samba Trio Sangrou
Sangrou cuts through any preconceptions of easygoing samba like a chainsaw through flesh. The Satanic reference in the name should not be taken lightly — this album could just as easily be featured in Aggressive Tendencies or Destination Out. The Trio’s sound is very disjointed and aggravated, boiled down to punk-length samba extrapolations with lots of spiky electric guitar and quick cuts. A label like Cuneiform could just as easily have put this record out; it would fit right in with the art school-informed improvised rock in which they specialise. There are a great deal of sophisticated influences at play here but the sextet (not a trio) rock out — math rock out, to be precise. From the cut and paste textures, Zorn/Zappa inspirations and horn arrangements that look back to freedom jazz of the ’60s and ’70s emerges a spectacular ensemble sound. Effects, especially on the bass sounds, are essential to what’s happening. Sangrou sounds like what downtown New Yorkers have been trying to accomplish for years — Forro In The Dark is a contemporary reference point — but this effort is miles beyond anything I’ve heard. (Amplitude)