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Rodrigo Amado's Motion Trio + Peter Evans: The Freedom Principle

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Saxophonist Rodrigo Amado requires a proper foil to his music making. Not so much a player who is his converse, but more like a complementary player. One who completes or enhances his sound. In trumpeter Peter Evans, he has found his homogeneous antithesis. Heard on two recent recordings, the LP-only release Live In Lisbon> (No Business, 2014) and this studio date, The Freedom Principle, Amado's sound has never sounded better.Such has been the prescription for most of Evans' ...

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Rodrigo Amado's Motion Trio and Peter Evans

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Ever since the 2009 debut of the Motion Trio, Portuguese saxophonist Rodrigo Amado has sought to broaden the options available through the addition of more fire power. On both Burning Live (Jazz Ao Centro, 2012) and The Flame Alphabet (Not Two, 2012), Chicago trombonist Jeb Bishop occupied that berth, his garrulous melodicism proving a winning match to Amado's brusque tenor. Two years on and the reedman has a different collaborator on board, as American trumpeter Peter Evans joins him on ...

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Rodrigo Amado: Wire Quartet

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The debut album of Portuguese saxophonist Rodrigo Amado's Wire Quartet--featuring the rhythm section of the acclaimed RED Trio, double bassist Hernâni Faustino and drummer Gabriel Ferrandini (who also plays in Amado's long-standing working Motion Trio) and experimental guitarist Manuel Mota--demonstrate Amado strongest and most intense performances to date, defying any attempt to associate it with post-bop or free jazz. This powerful quartet also establishes Amado's wise choice when it comes to radical and original sounding guitarists, after collaborating with Luis ...

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Rodrigo Amado: Wire Quartet

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Portuguese saxophonist Rodrigo Amado is an aggressive, improvisational dynamo who has amassed a hearty discography for Clean Feed Records and several other European record labels. His mode of delivery parallels a heavyweight boxer who jabs, dances, and executes vicious left hooks and uppercuts. Recorded in a Lisbon studio, his quartet opens the floodgates with blossoming theme building efforts. The musicians generate stormy grooves and intricately developed motifs amid their unbridled intensity. The first track “Abandon Yourself," is a ...

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Rodrigo Amado: Wire Quartet

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It is possible that Portuguese saxophonist Rodrigo Amado's earlier releases caught your attention because of the names of his playing partners. Chicago trombonist Jeb Bishop recorded two discs with Amado's Motion Trio, The Flame Alphabet (Not Two, 2012) and Burning Live At Jazz AO Centro (JACC Records, 2012). There was also Searching For Adam (Not Two, 2010) with cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum, drummer Gerald Cleaver, and bassist John Hébert and The Abstract Truth (European Echoes, 2009) with bassist Kent Kessler, ...

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Rodrigo Amado Motion Trio + Jeb Bishop: The Flame Alphabet

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The collaboration between the prolific Portuguese saxophonist Rodrigo Amado and his Motion Trio with Chicagoan trombonist Jeb Bishop, has produced two albums so far. The live recording, Burning Live At Jazz AO Centro (JACC Records, 2012) and the 2011 studio recording The Flame Alphabet. The addition of Bishop to Amado's trio was organic. Both are experienced improvisers who worked and led high-octane outfits. Amado collaborated and led bands with American trumpeter Dennis González, with Chicagoan bassist Kent Kessler and Norwegian ...

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Rodrigo Amado's Motion Trio + Jeb Bishop: The Flame Alphabet

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Remember free-bop? While there's no hard and fast definition, the term was used to encompass jazz boasting a written head, often at rapid bebop tempo, which subsequently opened up harmonically and rhythmically, but without straying completely off the map. Think some of the freewheeling Blue Note discs of Sam Rivers and Andrew Hill or some of the roller coaster charts from reedman Anthony Braxton's classic quartet with trumpeter Kenny Wheeler. As a descriptor it also fits the output of the ...

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Rodrigo Amado: Burning Live At Jazz AO Centro

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Rodrigo Amado's improvising Motion Trio might be better described as The Confluence Trio or Conflux, because its sound is a meeting of rivers. Like the three rivers of Pittsburgh, where the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers join to create the Ohio River, or Sangam, India where the Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati meet, the music of the Motion Trio flows together to create a seamless whole, as was quite evident on its self-titled debut, Motion Trio (European Echoes, 2010).The trio ...



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