The Lisbon Improvisation Players call themselves an open formation project. There are two words of import here: open and formation. Form is an integral part of their quest, yet it is the factor that makes them go out and seek paths that free them of constraints. Within the body is a soaring spirit that explores, stirs and energizes the art of improvisation.
The opening track is unselfconsciously laudatory as they present their case convincingly and not without a sense of fun. The sax raises its voice in clarion call and they are off. Squiggle, draw a line. Meander, set it straight. Engage in soft conversation, let the proceedings heat up. And then give vent to a free-for-all manifest. Enough said? No! At the end they profile “This Is Our Music”, which succinctly captures the essence of their spontaneous inventions. They have it all; charging rhythms, ensemble improvisations, melodic niceties, point and counterpoint.
When Amado sings a “Song For Bluiett” on the baritone, melody makes a strong opening statement. Salero underlines the subtleties with brushes with Gonçalves keeping the pulse ticking in gentle modulation. The pace is more sedate here as Amado opens up the terrain in creating ideas that delve into manifold harmonic interpretations. They are back on an ebullient playing field for a “Conversation Piece” that is as fine as any. A chorus of saxophones, the move into individual territory, lines that bounce off each other and, for the climax, a pastoral sway that eases the tension and adds a neat adjunct to their vision. Hey, listen in!
Track Listing: Lisbon Improvisation Players; Blue Humans; Song For Bluiett; Memory Of A Free
Festival; Conversation Piece; This Is Our Music
I love jazz because it expresses things so deep that I can't transform in words.
I met John Pizzarelli.
The best show I ever attended was MASP in São Paulo Brazil.
The first jazz record I bought was a Baby Dodds CD.
My heroes on drums: Papa Jo Jones, Sid Catlett, Gene Krupa, Baby Dodds, Zutty Singleton, Ray Bauduc, Vernell Fournier,
Shelly Manne, Jimmy Cobb, Joe Morello, Daniel Humair, Kenny Clarke, Sonny Carr, Buddy Rich, Sam Woodyard, Cozy Cole,
Sonny Greer, Neil Peart, Carl Palmer, Tony Sbarbaro, Vic Berton, Edison Machado, Milton Banana, Rubens Barsotti.
My heroes in jazz: Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Ahmad Jamal, Coleman Hawkins, Teddy Wilson,
Barney Kessel, Lester Young, Johnny Hodges, Jelly Roll Morton.