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Gabriel Ferrandini: Volúpias

Read "Volúpias" reviewed by Don Phipps

Portuguese American drummer Gabriel Ferrandini's album Volúpias offers fascinating, impressionistic sound-portraits of the streets and avenues of Lisbon. Yet, unlike what one might expect from an ode to the urban experience, Ferrandini's portraits are often sedate and abstract, more a stroll than a view from a passing vehicle window. These impressions are given form by his two bandmates, bassist Hernâni Faustino and tenor sax wizard Pedro Sousa. Sousa certainly lays it out on “Rua da Barroca," the longest ...

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Jon Irabagon/ Hernani Faustino/ Gabriel Ferrandini: Absolut Zero

Read "Absolut Zero" reviewed by John Sharpe

If you are as extraordinarily talented as saxophonist Jon Irabagon, probably best known from his tenure in the gloriously irreverent Mostly Other People Do The Killing, then you might occasionally need to set yourself challenges. He's done it before, on Foxy (Hot Cup, 2010), where he undertakes a relentless examination of a theme from every conceivable angle over 78 uninterrupted minutes. In this instance the gauntlet he has thrown down for himself seems to be to construct something meaningful via ...