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Rodrigo Amado: The Attic

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The Attic unites three Portuguese musicians who are making a name for themselves beyond their native land. Now based in Rotterdam, bassist Gonçalo Almeida works with a range of European artists, but may be best known as leader of the Lama Trio, with trumpeter Susana Santos Silva. Saxophonist Rodrigo Amado probably enjoys the highest profile, befitting his activity with his own Motion Trio, which has featured as guests trumpeter Peter Evans and trombonist Jeb Bishop, as well as with his ...

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Rodrigo Amado, Joe McPhee, Kent Kessler, Chris Corsano, live at Bimhuis Amsterdam

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Rodrigo Amado, Joe McPhee, Kent Kessler, Chris Corsano Bimhuis Amsterdam March 8, 2017 As part of a European tour through nine countries, the Portuguese-North American configuration of Lisbon tenor saxophonist Rodrigo Amado, multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee (saxophones, trumpet, didgeridoo), bassist Kent Kessler from Chicago, and young drummer Chris Corsano also from New York, finally made its first appearance at Amsterdam Bimhuis. Many will associate these musicians with something like 'raucous free jazz.' The ...

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Rodrigo Amado's Motion Trio: Desire & Freedom

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Portuguese saxophonist Rodrigo Amado's mark of distinction is generally centered on his assertive approaches to experimentation within numerous offshoots and slants of the jazz vernacular. He's become a major player on the Euro progressive jazz scene amid sessions with American free-thinking acolytes, trombonist Jeb Bishop, bassist John Hebert, trumpeter Dennis Gonzalez and many others of note. Here, Amado performs with his fellow countrymen for a blossoming asymmetrical affair, firmly rooted in a spirited free-form jaunt, teeming with buoyant flows and ...

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Rodrigo Amado's Motion Trio: Desire & Freedom

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Desire And Liberation constitutes only the second album in Portuguese saxophonist Rodrigo Amado's Motion Trio discography not to feature a guest since their eponymous debut (European Echoes, 2009). While some may decry the lack of a foil for the leader's muscular tenor saxophone (and past collaborators trumpeter Peter Evans and trombonist Jeb Bishop supplied that and more), it does present an opportunity to appreciate the finely wrought interchange of the core trio completed by drummer Gabriel Ferrandini and cellist Miguel ...

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Rodrigo Amado Motion Trio: Desire & Freedom

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Rodrigo Amado's Motion Trio is the model of free jazz genuineness and efficiency, and by that I mean proficiency. They give off an impression of nonchalance here, but don't let their relaxed approach fool you, beneath the surface their music is burning with all the agitation of the 1960's New Thing in jazz. After a wave a recordings with guests that included trumpeter Peter Evans on The Freedom Principle (NoBusiness, 2014) and Live In Lisbon (NoBusiness, 2014) and ...

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Rodrigo Amado: This Is Our Language

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Experimental jazz, largely framed on wide-ranging improvisational tactics, inhabits a tightknit if not cloistered community, partially by default due to its avant-garde underpinnings. With the album moniker This Is Our Language, eminent Portuguese saxophonist Rodrigo Amado imparts a bond or connection to free-jazz pioneer Ornette Coleman's fifth album, This Is Our Music (Atlantic, 1960). Legendary saxophonist, trumpeter Joe McPhee consummates the frontline, as the overall muse encapsulates a hybrid exposition of temperate and supersonic explorations amid nods to ...

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Rodrigo Amado: This Is Our Language

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The title of Portuguese saxophonist Rodrigo Amado's latest offering pays unmistakable homage to the late Ornette Coleman. This Is Our Music (Atlantic, 1961) constituted one of Ornette's uncompromising early manifestos, while In All Languages (Caravan of Dreams, 1987) served to reveal both the differences and the similarities between his classic quartet and the electric Prime Time band. Although the music on this selection of five unfettered inventions bears little overt relationship to Coleman's oeuvre (even his seminal Free Jazz contained ...

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Rodrigo Amado: This Is Our Language

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It was only a matter of time before this session was to be. Portuguese tenor saxophonist Rodrigo Amado had, for years, been gaining the attention of American players, and recording his Motion Trio with guests such as Peter Evans and Jeb Bishop. When he conceived of this quartet, it was hand-in-the-glove fit. The title, This Is Our Language seems to refer to Ornette Coleman's This Is Our Music (Atlantic, 1961) and In All Languages (Caravan Of Dreams, 1987). ...

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Rodrigo Amado's Motion Trio + Peter Evans: The Freedom Principle

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Saxophonist Rodrigo Amado requires a proper foil to his music making. Not so much a player who is his converse, but more like a complementary player. One who completes or enhances his sound. In trumpeter Peter Evans, he has found his homogeneous antithesis. Heard on two recent recordings, the LP-only release Live In Lisbon> (No Business, 2014) and this studio date, The Freedom Principle, Amado's sound has never sounded better.Such has been the prescription for most of Evans' ...


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