A mainstay in the Brazilian jazz scene for over 15 years, Caixa Cubo have a new album on the way. Entitled Agôra, which means now, it marks their eighth full-length album and arrives on March 31st through Jazz & Milk. To bring Agôra, the trio of Henrique Gomide (keys), João Fideles (drums) and Noa Stroeter (bass) enlisted the help of singers Xenia França and Zé Leônidas, Jembaa Groove’s singer Eric Owusu and South African duo Bongani Givethanks & Mpho Nkuzo. As the press release describes, Agôra “shines not for its virtuosity rather for its minimalism, it’s depth of space, and for the first time, it’s ability to figure outside the jazz fold, as the trio from São Paulo decided, for the first time, to bring in singers and add a new aesthetic to their sound.”
‘Sábado’, a homage song to the busy city of São Paulo where Caixa Cubo met, is the first exhilarating single to emerge from the album. The trio comments:
“Sabado reflects well the spontaneity that permeated the entire recording of the album. When we got to the studio, we had no idea what we were going to record. We started playing a groove, kind of inspired by Gilberto Gil’s 80s albums, and our drummer João started singing this funny song ‘Sábado Barrigudão’ (Big Belly Saturday) alongside the bass groove and that was that”.
Listen to ‘Sábado’ below.