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Luís Lopes: Love Song: Post-Ruins

Read "Love Song: Post-Ruins" reviewed by Mark Corroto

You may be familiar with the Robert Frost poem “Acquainted with the Night" from your high school literature class. Back then, what did you know of melancholy? Sure there was the darkness of adolescence, but also the possibilities. The poem, in 14 short lines, follows the same terza rima rhyme scheme as Dante's Divine Comedy ("In the midst of life's journey I found myself in a dark wood, for the right path was lost"), and also the same anguish. Guitarist ...

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Luís Lopes: Guillotine

Read "Guillotine" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Many people know the opening lines of Charles Dickens' A Tale Of Two Cities: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." But how many remember the author goes on to report on an age of wisdom/foolishness, an epoch of belief/incredulity, a season of light/darkness and the spring of hope/winter of despair? He certainly could be writing about recycling/climate warming, diversity/white supremacists and tolerance/religious extremists. Revolution is a suitable topic for Portuguese guitarist Luís ...

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Parrinha / Lopes / Jacinto: Garden

Read "Garden" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

On a global basis, Portuguese guitarist Luis Lopes may be the more recognizable artist of the trio due to his longtime affiliation with Clean Feed Records via its worldly outreach. But his fellow countrymen, reedman Bruno Parrinha and cellist / electronics ace Ricardo Jacinto have been in the thick of things amid the newer horizons approach to jazz and improvisation on the European front. Garden is a sojourn into an alien musical world, as the band seemingly derives ...

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Luís Lopes: Noise Solo At ZDB Lisbon

Read "Noise Solo At ZDB Lisbon" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If the feedback and heavy distortion segments of Jimi Hendrix's performance of “The Star Spangled Banner" at Woodstock 1969 were your favorite parts, you might be a noise connoisseur. The art of noise first described by the Italian futurists blossomed in the 1960s and was drawn heavily upon for the DIY and punk revolutions of the 1980s. Today, noise operates as its own separate genre but it is drawn upon by jazz musicians from the Brotzmanns (Peter and Caspar) to ...

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Luis Lopes Humanization 4tet: Live in Madison

Read "Live in Madison" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Respectively, Portuguese artists Luis Lopes (guitar) and Rodrigo Amado (saxophone) are known for aggressive tactics and forward motion at almost any tempo. There's nothing sheepish about this live date, recorded in Madison, WI. And there's no looking back as the band seemingly loaded up on energy drinks for this high-impact set. Lopes' variable use of distortion techniques--among other factors--provide a razor-sharp and stinging soundstage, coupled with Amado's rip-roaring solos. They use space as an equalizer amid snaking time changes and ...

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Luis Lopes: Humanization 4tet

Read "Humanization 4tet" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Another treasure trove of music is to be found in Clean Feed recording artist Luis Lopes. The guitarist's first recording even surprised label chief Pedro Costa as he artfully explains in the liner notes. Who knew?

Like so many of Clean Feed's discs, American listeners discover new sounds and new musicians with nearly every release. It's somewhat reminiscent of the early exploration into jazz. Instead of Miles and Coltrane leading to Hank Mobley and Johnny Coles, listeners can ...


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