Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

20

Mário Franco Trio: Our Door

Gabriel Medina Arenas By

Sign in to view read count
Our Door, the debut album from the Mário Franco Trio, is lush with nostalgia and camaraderie, but also creates a vibrant breath of fresh air, offering hope for the present and future states of Portuguese jazz.

These gifted musicians met at the end of the 80's in Lisbon's Hot Clube de Portugal, one of the oldest jazz clubs in Europe. As emerging players, they learned the unique syncopated genre there, since it is also a music school, where Sérgio Pelágio, their primary guitarist, was the director for 4 years, and is still a professor.

Bassist and guitarist Franco started taking music lessons when he was four years old, and began his career as a chamber and classical musician at Academia Amadores De Música. Before becoming a jazz man, Franco was a member of Portugal's Orquestra Sinfónica Juvenil. Today, he alternates jazz with chamber music and is a member of the contemporary group Sete Lágrimas. On top of that, Franco has been a dancer at the National Ballet Company of Portugal since 1986. André de Sousa Machado, drummer and percussionist, is also part of The Bernardo Moreira sextet, the Andre Fernandes quintet, and the jazz band Spill.

"Backyard," composed by Franco is one of the album's brightest tracks, in which a listener can better appreciate the cohesion these musicians have accomplished together over the years. It displays some compelling creations, like the calm, hypnotic rhythms of de Sousa Machado. Franco employs the bow to caress his bass during certain fragments of the melody, while Pelágio's guitar accents seem to swim gracefully in a peaceful pool.

The trio forged a special arrangement for John Coltrane's 1959 standard "Giant Steps," on which the lead instrument is the bass. Franco was able to transform the hard bop composition without disrespecting Coltrane's memory. The result is exciting and virtuous, even without an iconic sax like the original. "Our Door," the title track, was composed by Franco and features each musician leading the conversation, though most of the time Pelágio's electric guitar is the main focus.

Pelágio studied guitar with John Abercrombie from 1987 to 1989 and demonstrates refined technique and passion, without showing off. If the trio's camaraderie could have a definitive, single sound it would probably be very similar to Earl Zindar's 1964 composition, "How My Heart Sings!." These three musicians play joyfully, and seem to be enjoying their mutual efforts, a confessed love for jazz, and of course their friendship.

Our Door is an intimate recording in which listeners can learn more about not only the Mário Franco Trio's history and multiple talents, but also about the vibrant and growing Portuguese jazz scene.

Track Listing: Número 1; Paramour; Intro to Our Door; Our Door; Giant Steps; Os Velhos; Backyard; How my Heart Sings; Ballad for Bernt; Vine; Giant Steps (alternate take)

Personnel: Mário Franco: double bass and acoustic guitar; Sérgio Pelágio: electric and acoustic guitar; André de Sousa Machado: drums

Title: Our Door | Year Released: 2013 | Record Label: Tone Of A Pitch Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Shop for Music

Start your music shopping from All About Jazz and you'll support us in the process. Learn how.

Album Reviews
Take Five With...
Album Reviews
Read more articles
Rush

Rush

Nischo
2017

buy
Our Door

Our Door

Tone Of A Pitch Records
2013

buy
This Life

This Life

Tone of a Pitch Music
2006

buy

Related Articles

Read Caldera / Sky Islands Album Reviews
Caldera / Sky Islands
By Jakob Baekgaard
May 25, 2019
Read Baby, Please Come Home Album Reviews
Baby, Please Come Home
By Doug Collette
May 25, 2019
Read Reckless Heart Album Reviews
Reckless Heart
By Doug Collette
May 25, 2019
Read Fire Brigade Album Reviews
Fire Brigade
By Phillip Woolever
May 25, 2019
Read Day to Day Album Reviews
Day to Day
By Paul Naser
May 24, 2019
Read Theia Album Reviews
Theia
By Jim Worsley
May 24, 2019