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by Don Phipps
On Live at SMUP, guitarist and composer Jose Dias and his Awareness Quartet have produced a stunning musical landscape centered on Dias' interpretation of literary characters, books and writers. Recorded in 2017 at SMUP, a music venue located in Parede, Portugal, Dias, Francisco Andrade on tenor sax, Goncalo Prazeres on alto and baritone sax and Rui Pereira on drums offer explorations that are explosive and nuanced. John Willoughby's Dilemma," the longest cut of the album, begins with a ...read more
by Don Phipps
To take a single instrument--in this case, the guitar--and compose an album's worth of material that will both entertain and fascinate, is a tall order. But Jose Dias has done just that. Dias' album After Silence, Vol. 1 sports a cover showing a deep-sea diver emerging from a body of water, surrounded by sea gulls and ducks, a cover that captures perfectly the deep dive into sonics and feeling of emergence that comes from listening. Dias doesn't overwhelm ...read more