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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Suoni Per Il Popolo 2018

Read "Suoni Per Il Popolo 2018" reviewed by Mike Chamberlain

Suoni Per Il Popolo
Montreal, Quebec
June 1-19, 2018

The Casa del Popolo and Sala Rossa, the hub of the annual June celebration of avant music known as the Suoni Per Il Popolo, sit across from one another on Saint Laurent Boulevard just below the major intersection of Saint Joseph. ...

Clean Feed 2018

Read "Clean Feed 2018" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Since it's inception in 2002, Lisbon, Portugal's Clean Feed Records has released nearly 500 recordings. Last year the total was 64. Keeping up with their output might be the best way to follow innovative jazz and improvised music in the 21st century. Besides releasing music by masters such as Peter Brotzmann, Joe McPhee, Ivo Perelman, Elliott ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Rodrigo Amado Motion Trio: Desire & Freedom

Read "Desire & Freedom" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Rodrigo Amado's Motion Trio is the model of free jazz genuineness and efficiency, and by that I mean proficiency. They give off an impression of nonchalance here, but don't let their relaxed approach fool you, beneath the surface their music is burning with all the agitation of the 1960's New Thing in jazz.

After ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

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 ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Luís Lopes: Love Song

Read "Love Song" reviewed by Mark Corroto

I would never arbitrarily dictate the when and how one should consume a particular recording. But, may I suggest that you only listen to the recording Love Song by Portuguese guitarist Luís Lopes</em> late at night and with the lights off (at least for the first time)?. This is not the celebratory {{m: Frank Sinatra music ...

Per Gärdin/Rodrigo Pinheiro/Marco Franco/Travassos: Oblique Mirrors

Read "Oblique Mirrors" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Listening to the free improvisation recording, Oblique Mirrors brings to mind a most memorable line from the film The Usual Suspects, where Kevin Spacey as Roger “Verbal" Kint says, “The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist. And like that, poof. He's gone."

Maybe its the evanescent nature ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Luís Lopes/Jean-Luc Guionnet: Live At Culturgest

Read "Live At Culturgest" reviewed by Mark Corroto

All great art invokes the imagination. Think of your favorite movie and the two hours of viewing that transported you into a different world. Music can accomplish the same ends. Take this live date at Culturgest in Lisbon. The meeting between Portuguese guitarist Luís Lopes and French saxophonist Jean-Luc Guionnet creates that same cathartic response.

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Luís Lopes Lisbon Berlin Trio: The Line

Read "The Line" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Guitarist Luís Lopes posted the following quote on his Facebook page, “art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable." With that as his mission statement, the question arises: can one listen to his music with a sympathetic ear? Or more importantly, is discomfort the motivation and ultimately the goal?



Lopes' ...

Rodrigo Amado: Wire Quartet

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It is possible that Portuguese saxophonist Rodrigo Amado's earlier releases caught your attention because of the names of his playing partners. Chicago trombonist Jeb Bishop recorded two discs with Amado's Motion Trio, The Flame Alphabet (Not Two, 2012) and Burning Live At Jazz AO Centro (JACC Records, 2012). There was also Searching For Adam (Not Two, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Rui Neves e la scena jazzistica portoghese

Read "Rui Neves e la scena jazzistica portoghese" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Nel 2013 su All About Jazz Italia comparve una serie organica di interviste da parte di Enrico Bettinello a protagonisti del jazz italiano (produttori, agenti, direttori artistici...) con l'obiettivo di analizzare i meccanismi e i criteri che caratterizzano la programmazione dei festival jazz nel nostro Paese. A quella meritoria ed esauriente iniziativa si può ricollegare idealmente ...