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Rodrigo Amado: Motion Trio

Read "Motion Trio" reviewed by Clifford Allen

Abstraction is too often both separated from and associated with improvised music. Either sounds are divorced from meaning outside themselves, or expected to tell some sort of story. Neither euphemism really works that well. But image is a central fact of Portuguese improviser Rodrigo Amado's work, whether referring to the representational or nonrepresentational--after all, in addition ...

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Rodrigo Amado: Motion Trio

Read "Motion Trio" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Portuguese saxophonist Rodrigo Amado is one of the busier and more productive European jazz improvisers. He follows up his superfine trio release, The Abstract Truth (European Echoes, 2009), with a new and equally explosive rhythm section. Here, cellist Miguel Mira and drummer Gabriel Ferrandini replace eminent improvisers, bassist Kent Kessler and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love.

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Rodrigo Amado: Motion Trio

Read "Motion Trio" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Listening to saxophonist Rodrigo Amado, while knowing that he is also an accomplished professional photographer, lends insight into his sound and sense of proportion. His trio members, cellist Miguel Mira and drummer Gabriel Ferrandini, share his recognition of arrangement, distribution, and music-making dimensions. Motion Trio is a freely improvised recording possessing balance.

Amado's previous ...

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Rodrigo Amado: The Abstract Truth

Read "The Abstract Truth" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Saxophonist Rodrigo Amado, bassist Kent Kessler, and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love is an international trio featuring players from Portugal, United States and Norway, respectively. But on its second recording, The Abstract Truth, the assemblage speaks the same language; its mother tongue being hard-hitting, concise improvisation.

This disc follows the Teatro (European Echoes, 2006), the trio's ...

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Rodrigo Amado: Surface

Read "Surface" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Like the preceding disc from Rodrigo Amado entitled The Space Between (Clean Feed), this outing works the same tightrope. The Portuguese saxophonist adds cellist Tomas Ulrich to this trio of Carlos Zingaro (violin) and Ken Filiano (bass) for an uncommon chamber jazz experience.

Amado is probably best known for his recordings with the Lisbon ...

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Manfred Schoof: European Echoes

Read "European Echoes" reviewed by Jay Collins

The very first release on the German free jazz label FMP, recently reissued by Atavistic as part of its Unheard Music Series, was trumpeter Manfred Schoof’s European Echoes. In June of 1969, Schoff convened some of the leading lights of the emerging European free music scene for this radio project, heard here in its entirety. What ...

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Manfred Schoof: European Echoes

Read "European Echoes" reviewed by Derek Taylor

The cast of European Echoes is incredibly formidable, representating a veritable dream orchestra populated by youthful incarnations of many of free improvisation's leading lights. But sadly the stilted sonics sometimes stand in the way of undiluted enjoyment of what’s transpiring. Bailey’s amplified and excoriating strings are at times the only individual voice discernable. Bennink and Favre ...