89

Francisco Pais Quintet: Not Afraid Of Color

Mark F. Turner By

Sign in to view read count
Francisco Pais Quintet: Not Afraid Of Color Instead of going for the typical chops-laden style that marks most releases, Portuguese guitarist Francisco Pais takes a more relaxed approach with Not Afraid of Color. Backed by a sure-fire quartet featuring saxophonist Chris Cheek and pianist Leo Genovese, his music is easy on the ears but also provides cerebral enjoyment.

Pais' compositional skills combine elements of American jazz with European classical and pop styles. The first selection, "Water From the Moon, gets my vote for most interesting composition. It begins with a dreamy guitar/sax melody that's then bridged by a dynamic drum solo into a funky swirling pattern with frenzied Fender Rhodes and drum solos leveling back into the calm melody.

But the remaining selections carry the tone of the initial impression: soothing harmony. Pais is a very good musician, much more than just a Rosenwinkel or Metheny mimic: an individual with his own ideas. His playing is light, bluesy and intricate on "Gratiude, allowing the other instruments to take the center until he comes in with a confident and swinging solo.

There are many places where one might want to hear more of Pais out front, but the emphasis is more on arrangements and quintet interaction on "Always Dreaming and "Desert of Colors where the guitarist adds harmonics and slight effects to color the somber mood.

His working quintet of five years understands this cool approach. On "Charmed, Genovese delivers a dissonant and abstract solo into the pleasant melody. The solid rhythm section of bassist Massimo Biolcati and the extremely hot drummer Ferene Nemeth gets a chance to glow on the lively "Melody for Damien, and Cheek's airy saxophone blends nicely with the exotic rhythm of "Transfiguration.


Track Listing: Water From the Moon; Gratitude; Tides; Always Dreaming; Melody for Damien; Transfiguration; Lift your Head From the Sand and Face Reality; Desert Of Colors; Charmed;

Personnel: Francisco Pais: guitar; Chris Cheek: saxophones; Ferenc Nemeth: drums; Leo Genovese:piano, Fender Rhodes; Massimo Biolcati: bass.

Title: Not Afraid Of Color | Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: Fresh Sound New Talent


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Lantern CD/LP/Track Review Lantern
by John Kelman
Published: June 26, 2017
Read Inspirations (featuring Matthew Halsall) CD/LP/Track Review Inspirations (featuring Matthew Halsall)
by Phil Barnes
Published: June 26, 2017
Read Unification CD/LP/Track Review Unification
by Troy Dostert
Published: June 26, 2017
Read Developing Story CD/LP/Track Review Developing Story
by Edward Blanco
Published: June 26, 2017
Read Crossing CD/LP/Track Review Crossing
by Geno Thackara
Published: June 25, 2017
Read Unit[e] CD/LP/Track Review Unit[e]
by Karl Ackermann
Published: June 25, 2017
Read "The AV Club" CD/LP/Track Review The AV Club
by Roger Farbey
Published: March 18, 2017
Read "The Last Remaining Payphone in L.A." CD/LP/Track Review The Last Remaining Payphone in L.A.
by Paul Naser
Published: October 18, 2016
Read "Swallowed by the New" CD/LP/Track Review Swallowed by the New
by Doug Collette
Published: November 5, 2016
Read "Naija Rhythm Affair, NYC" CD/LP/Track Review Naija Rhythm Affair, NYC
by James Nadal
Published: July 12, 2016
Read "Altadena" CD/LP/Track Review Altadena
by Mark F. Turner
Published: December 9, 2016
Read "Mass" CD/LP/Track Review Mass
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: November 2, 2016

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.