The Brazilian group 11 Cabeças (portuguese for “Eleven Heads”) has been formed on the basis of a shared passion among it’s components for the big jazz ensembles of the Cool Jazz era (Miles Davis’, Gil Evans’, Gerry Mulligan’s). Providing a more concise sound and very open to unorthodox experimentation on instrumentation, this kind of formation lends itself quite nicely to an array of different styles, ranging from the cool sounds of Bossa Nova sonority to the highly charged Jazz Big Band sound emulating horn block melodies; from the very danceable Samba-Funk coupling associated with brazilian horn driven bands like Banda Black Rio , to the sizzling rhythms of Afro-Cuban Jazz . 11 Cabeças developed a unique sound that is versatile enough to emulate a Big Band in a given moment and deliver an authentic Gafieira Band reading of a Tom Jobim standard. By combining a powerfull rhythm section - wich can sound either “acoustic” (emploing Acoustic Bass, Piano and Acoustic Guitar, brushed Drums and ligth Percussion) or electric (displaying Electric Bass, Electric Piano and Electric Guitar with funky Drums and Percussion) - with a six piece horn section that can “split” itself in two (Woodwinds & Brass ), the group achieves a broad pallette, a distinguished collective sound that nevertheless leaves room for each musician to shine, either through the way each instrument is featured on a given arrangement, or through sheer improvisation, as on the solo sect...
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