All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

10

Vitor Pereira Quintet: New World

Roger Farbey By

Sign in to view read count
This is Portugal-born, now London-based Vitor Pereira's second album for the F-IRE label which again features alto saxophonist Chris Williams, already renowned in the UK for his stellar work with Led Bib and Let Spin. It takes just a few plays but once you "get it," the albums starts to fall into place as something quite remarkable. The chief asset of this quintet is the employment of the two saxophones, playing the ensemble passages alternatively in unison or harmony. This was the device similarly used over half a century ago by tenorist Don Rendell on his eponymous Roarin' quintet album recorded for Jazzland Records, where his alto sax sparring partner was the legendary Graham Bond.

From the album's start "Age Of Austerity" uses the saxophones to dynamic and gripping effect. So it continues with "New World" but more so, the ensemble following the unison pattern of the labyrinthine melody combined with tricky stop/start timings. A similar pattern ensues with the elegant "Bohm's Hologram" here with the emphasis on harmonic structures.

Up until this point Vitor Pereira's presence on guitar has been subdued but on "Empire Of Lies" this changes by virtue of dramatic overdriven guitar riffs interspersed within the piece as if to reinforce the darker, threatening message of its title.

"Under The Pillow" is, by contrast, a pastoral number with delicate guitar and a sonorous bass solo from Andrea Di Biase. "Gangsters Undercover" sees a return to the serpentine twin-sax driven melodic statements, following which Pereira offers another distortion-infused solo, and there's a fiery tenor solo from George Crowley. On "Miranda" a rhythmic pulse gradually progresses the opening theme, initially stated by the alto but hotly pursued by the tenor, resolving into a relatively more swinging affair, via a pizzicato bass solo and a chiming guitar outing, but still retaining an attractive quirkiness omnipresent on the whole album.

Chris Williams introduces the memorable melody to "Simple Disguise" with George Crowley providing the harmony. Williams also gives a coruscating alto solo before the ensemble returns to the theme. A tranquil collective improvisational interlude ensues before the drums kick back in to herald the final coda. The album closes with "Surfing Mini Waves," a harmonically satisfying vehicle for what proves one of Pereira's longer guitar solos.

Pereira's clever contrapuntally-infused compositions and arrangements -the titles of which often reflect his misgivings for the state of an unscrupulous global economic system -are mature and complex, yet adhere to the memory like glue. As a leader, Pereira follows the Miles Davis approach, which is to push his colleagues to the fore and, for his own part, to take considered and reflective solos. It's also significant that all the musicians on the album are undoubtedly burgeoning musical leaders in their own right. It's yet another positive indicator of the excellent new wave hitting the UK jazz scene.

Track Listing: Age Of Austerity; New World; Bohm's Hologram; Empire Of Lies; Under The Pillow; Gangsters Undercover; Miranda; Simple Disguise; Surfing Mini Waves.

Personnel: Vitor Pereira: guitar; Chris Williams: alto sax; George Crowley: tenor sax; Andrea Di Biase: bass; Dave Hamblett: drums.

Title: New World | Year Released: 2016 | Record Label: F-IRE Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Age of Austerity

Age of Austerity

Vitor Pereira
New World

Extended Analysis
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Vitor Pereira Quintet: New World

Vitor Pereira...

F-IRE Records
2016

buy
New World

New World

F-IRE Records
2016

buy
Doors

Doors

F-IRE Records
2012

buy

Related Articles

Read A New Beginning CD/LP/Track Review
A New Beginning
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: June 23, 2018
Read Onyx Noir - Jazz Works For Brass Quintet CD/LP/Track Review
Onyx Noir - Jazz Works For Brass Quintet
by Gareth Thompson
Published: June 23, 2018
Read Triad CD/LP/Track Review
Triad
by Mark Corroto
Published: June 23, 2018
Read Sketches of American Music CD/LP/Track Review
Sketches of American Music
by Doug Collette
Published: June 23, 2018
Read Three Pictures CD/LP/Track Review
Three Pictures
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: June 23, 2018
Read Alive In The East? CD/LP/Track Review
Alive In The East?
by Chris May
Published: June 22, 2018
Read "Change Of Address" CD/LP/Track Review Change Of Address
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: September 6, 2017
Read "Ellipse" CD/LP/Track Review Ellipse
by Matt Hooke
Published: March 27, 2018
Read "Inland Sea" CD/LP/Track Review Inland Sea
by Geno Thackara
Published: July 16, 2017
Read "I Try To Remember Where I Come From" CD/LP/Track Review I Try To Remember Where I Come From
by Karl Ackermann
Published: June 30, 2017
Read "We Call All Times Soon" CD/LP/Track Review We Call All Times Soon
by Glenn Astarita
Published: June 2, 2018
Read "Absence" CD/LP/Track Review Absence
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: April 27, 2018