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Joao Lencastre: Parallel Realities

Read "Parallel Realities" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Portuguese drummer João Lencastre titled his release Parallel Realities because upon initial listening you might get a notion this music is tether-less free improvisation. But upon further spins, an order appears from the farrago. How that order is generated is, well, the magician's art of pulling a rabbit from his hat. Parallel Realities follows Lencastre's Song(s) Of Hope (Clean Feed, 2019), the second release from his Communion 3 piano trio with Jacob Sacks and Eivind Opsvik. Here he ...

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Andrew Collier, Jon Crompton, Zwitschermaschine & More

Read "Andrew Collier, Jon Crompton, Zwitschermaschine & More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Portuguese drummer Joao Lencastre's tune Departure seemed like the right track to end a show, but perhaps I saved the best for last as well. His new recording Parallel Realities is a gem. Lencastre says he likes to hear dramatic contrasts in music, so that was his focus and the tool was using smaller groups within the quintet to play different things at the same time. Definitely worth tracking this one down. Another artist you would do well to watch/listen ...

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Joao Lencastre: Communion One!

Read "Communion One!" reviewed by Farrell Lowe

Drummer Joao Lencastre's Communion One! opens with Ornette Coleman's “Lonely Woman.". It is a curious and interesting take on the tune, starting with a piano cadenza and introduction to the melody, then the opening builds slowly with bass, drums, and guitar. Finally, the theme is stated anew on trumpet with a rather bugle-like tone and approach. This approach is slightly startling in the way that it changes the feeling and energy of the piece from the opening cadenza. The tune ...


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