Doors makes for an ambitious leader debut for guitarist Vitor Pereira, who describes a wide canvas of styles, each interpreted with an avid sense of accomplishment.
Born in Porto, Portugal, Pereira first studied and played classical music, moving to London in 2004 and getting his degree in jazz. From then on he established himself on the London jazz scene leading various bands and playing with well known figures that count trumpeter Dave Smith and bassist Will Collier among them.
Pereira filters the expanse of his experiences through his compositions. Jazz has a presence, as does rock and classical and Portuguese music. The mix shows his strengths as a composer, with the music's impact gaining a stronger presence through the arrangements.
The first thing the band does is take a "Coffee Break," a sumptuous, melodic tune. Pereira adds rich harmonic colors in a flow of ideas, his phrasing a delight as he nips in and gives the groove depth. The fire is stirred by saxophonists Chris Williams and James Allsopp, players of imagination and fertile development who ride the crest with abandon. The trajectory is heady and dynamic, before the calm descends in a neat juxtaposition of thematic concepts.
The lyrical "Outras Paragens" shimmers in beauty. Pereira continues his expressive treatment of a theme, letting in light and shade before he vantages the development with a full-bodied and crisp sound. Add a passionate discourse from Williams, and a rhythm section that pulses, and this becomes a virtuosic track.
"Doors" strikes several moods. It is free-flowing, escarps rock, has a nu jazz airand yes, Pereira does bring in some strong jazz harmonics. This may have well been a mélange that bobbed and sought to seek form, but the quintet gets it all together with impressionistic flair. The spirit of innovation and ideas is innate to the resolution of this penetrating composition.
Pereira merges technique and creativity to hit the target. He certainly deserves wider exposure and this record should bring him that recognition.
Coffee Break; Andanças; Reviravolta; The Machine; Outras Paragens; Doors; Leading to Something; Last Link in the Chain.
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