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Susana Santos Silva: All the Rivers – Live at Panteão Nacional

Read "All the Rivers – Live at Panteão Nacional" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The young Portuguese trumpeter Susana Santos Silva has been steadily rising in the ranks of cutting-edge improvisers and composers. Santos has extensive conservatory training from her native country, as well as in Germany and Holland. She is at home in the colloquial language of traditional jazz and the avant-garde, but her strength is in a sound that is more idiosyncratic and undefinable. Santos plays across a broad scope of formations from The European Movement Jazz Orchestra down to a number ...

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Jazz em Agosto 2017

Read "Jazz em Agosto 2017" reviewed by Mike Chamberlain

Jazz em Agosto Lisbon, Portugal July 28-August 6, 2017 Where to start with my description of the Jazz em Agosto experience? The gorgeous setting of the amphitheater in the garden of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Fundacão Calouste Gulbenkian) in central Lisbon? The musical highlights of the fourteen concerts over ten days? The many amazingly creative and sympatico people I met? The beauty of the city of Lisbon and its people? Whatever--we'll get to all ...

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

Read "Life and Other Transient Storms" reviewed by John Sharpe

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

Read "Life and Other Transient Storms" reviewed by Troy Dostert

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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Susana Santos Silva: Devil's Dress

Read "Devil's Dress" reviewed by Daniel Lehner

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

Read "Devil's Dress" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

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

Read "Devil's Dress" reviewed by Chris Mosey

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

Read "Devil's Dress" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

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 ...