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Sei Miguel: (Five) Stories Untold

Read "(Five) Stories Untold" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

As he did on his two previous Clean Feed albums Suite for a Jazz Combo (2010) and Salvation Modes (2014), Portuguese trumpeter Sei Miguel works with the pocket variety of the instrument and sounds superb in the process. With (Five) Stories Untold he utilizes a revolving cast of players in tempering abstraction with an abundance of lyrical input. This is not to say that the album is anything short of eclectic inventiveness of the highest order.Miguel is little ...

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Sei Miguel: Salvation Modes

Read "Salvation Modes" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Here, Portuguese trumpeter, composer Sei Miguel delves into his stockpile of older compositions that were seldom performed or recorded. And his customary, eccentric mode of operations is structured in an enticingly bizarre approach to jazz and jazz improvisation. On this release comprised of three extended tracks, the artist employs two quartets and a ten-piece ensemble as he crafts his attack with odd sound-sculpting metrics, minimalism, avant-space music, and paints liquescent hues atop placid rhythmic persuasions. “Fermata" is the ...

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Sei Miguel: Salvation Modes

Read "Salvation Modes" reviewed by John Ephland

A delicacy pervades this music from start to finish. Sei Miguel's Salvation Modes is flush with silence, interludes, the sounds of musical instruments that made you love them in the first place. The disc is spread over three extended pieces: the first piece, “Preludio e Cruz De Sala," including trumpeter Miguel with guitarist Pedro Gomes, trombonist Fala Mariam and percussionist Cesar Burago; the second, entitled “Fermata," with Miguel also on finger cymbals along with Andre Concalves on hammond manipulation, Margarida ...

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Sei Miguel: Turbina Anthem

Read "Turbina Anthem" reviewed by John Sharpe

It's almost a given that any new release on the Lithuanian No Business label is going to be a bit out of the ordinary. As the catalogue grows, so does its depth and breadth. Turbina Anthem vouchsafes that proposition, comprising an unusual guitar and trumpet duet by two Portuguese improvisers who deserve a wider audience. Trumpeter Sei Miguel boasts a discography stretching back to 1998 in the company of compatriots, but in recent years has made a number of appearances ...


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