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Susana Santos Silva, Lotte Anker, Sten Sandell, Torbjörn Zetterberg, Jon Fält: Life and Other Transient Storms

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Portuguese trumpeter Susana Santos Silva has become increasingly prominent on the European scene. When she was invited to put together a band for the 2015 Tampere Jazz Happening in Finland, she came up with the talented cast showcased here. Swedish bassist Torbjorn Zetterberg has worked with her before on Amost Tomorrow (Clean Feed, 2013) and If Nothing Else (Clean Feed, 2016), but the trio of Danish saxophonist Lotte Anker, and Swedish pairing of pianist Sten Sandell and drummer Jon Fält ...

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Susana Santos Silva, Lotte Anker, Sten Sandell, Torbjörn Zetterberg, John Fält: Life and Other Transient Storms

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Many fans of contemporary creative jazz and improvised music have in recent years become aware of Susana Santos Silva. Despite her relative youth (37), this extraordinary Portuguese trumpet player possesses a remarkably self-assured and distinctive voice on her instrument, and she excels in straddling the lines between composition and free improvisation. For this release, she's assembled a star-studded ensemble, called “Life and Other Transient Storms," for two long, unstructured improvisations, and the result is a first-rate, eminently enjoyable collaboration.

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Kaja Draksler / Susana Santos Silva: This Love

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Slovenian pianist Kaja Draksler and Portuguese trumpeter Susana Santos Silva came together at Lisbon's Culturgest in March 2015 to create This Love. While it's their first duet album, they've been making music together in various groups since 2008, first in the European Movement Jazz Orchestra, an international big band of young up-coming musicians, and later in short-lived units like Cows in Trees. Apart both boast burgeoning discographies with Draksler's solo The Lives Of Many Others (Clean Feed, 2013) attracting favorable ...

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De Beren Gieren & Susana Santos Silva: The Detour Fish - Live In Ljubljana

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Youthful concepts and treatments are highlighted on this live set, where the award-winning Belgian piano trio De Beren Gieren invites burgeoning Portuguese trumpeter, improviser Susana Santos Silva to join the band for this largely captivating performance at the Ljubljana Jazz Festival in Slovenia. The musicians' collective synergy becomes apparent rather quickly. Their inventive faculties are propagated via budding, minimalist phrasings and rolling wave-like rhythmic progressions, as the free form improvisational element is a recurring process. And when considering the outside ...

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Susana Santos Silva: Devil's Dress

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The Portuguese big band Orquestra Jazz De Matisinhos (OJM) has played engagements and recorded albums with big names like Lee Konitz and Kurt Rosenwinkel. One of its trumpeters, Susana Santos Silva, has gathered four other members of the ensemble for her debut album, Devil's Dress. As with the OJM, Silva's music acts as a testing ground for challenges and concepts in composition and improvisation, scaled down to the intimate confines of a quintet setting. Much of the ...

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Susana Santos Silva Quintet: Devil's Dress

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The Devil wears many guises, as does the music on Devil's Dress. Trumpeter Susana Santos Silva spans a variety of styles and, while some songs contain a dark presence and power that perfectly suits Beelzebub's reputation, other songs have a brighter outlook that looks upward toward the skies, not downward toward Hades. While Devil's Dress is Silva's debut, she is also part of the brilliant big band sound of the Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos, which worked with ...

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Susana Santos Silva Quintet: Devil's Dress

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Matosinhos, a northern suburb of Oporto, Portugal, is renowned for its high quality fish and seafood--and, increasingly nowadays, its jazz. It is home to the 20-piece Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos, best known internationally for its collaborations with veteran US saxophonist Lee Konitz and, most recently, with guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel on Our Secret World (Wommusic, 2010).. Now five young members of the band, under the leadership of trumpeter Susana Santos Silva, have come together to produce what they ...

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Susana Santos Silva Quintet: Devil's Dress

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Jazz is an American art form, brewed up in a musical gumbo in New Orleans in the early twentieth century. The music drew on an African tradition, but a European influence seeped in. The Big Easy was a cosmopolitan city, even in its beginnings. European jazz, borrowed from America but originating in and played by European artists, is quickly--more than a hundred years after the music's American emergence--gaining more respect and notoriety. Artists like violinist Stéphane Grappelli and guitarist Django ...


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