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Luís Lopes: Noise Solo At ZDB Lisbon

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If the feedback and heavy distortion segments of Jimi Hendrix's performance of “The Star Spangled Banner" at Woodstock 1969 were your favorite parts, you might be a noise connoisseur. The art of noise first described by the Italian futurists blossomed in the 1960s and was drawn heavily upon for the DIY and punk revolutions of the 1980s. Today, noise operates as its own separate genre but it is drawn upon by jazz musicians from the Brotzmanns (Peter and Caspar) to Mats Gustafsson, and Elliott Sharp. An artist like Portuguese guitarist Luís Lopes is capable of abiding in multiple ...

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Luis Lopes Humanization 4tet: Live in Madison

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Respectively, Portuguese artists Luis Lopes (guitar) and Rodrigo Amado (saxophone) are known for aggressive tactics and forward motion at almost any tempo. There's nothing sheepish about this live date, recorded in Madison, WI. And there's no looking back as the band seemingly loaded up on energy drinks for this high-impact set. Lopes' variable use of distortion techniques--among other factors--provide a razor-sharp and stinging soundstage, coupled with Amado's rip-roaring solos. They use space as an equalizer amid snaking time changes and vibrant pulses laid out by the rhythm section. Hence, this performance must have given the audience an adrenalin rush.

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Luis Lopes: Humanization 4tet

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Another treasure trove of music is to be found in Clean Feed recording artist Luis Lopes. The guitarist's first recording even surprised label chief Pedro Costa as he artfully explains in the liner notes. Who knew?

Like so many of Clean Feed's discs, American listeners discover new sounds and new musicians with nearly every release. It's somewhat reminiscent of the early exploration into jazz. Instead of Miles and Coltrane leading to Hank Mobley and Johnny Coles, listeners can now discover superb Portuguese and European players. Such is the case with the self-described Humanization 4tet.

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