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Rodrigo Amado, Joe McPhee, Kent Kessler, Chris Corsano, live at Bimhuis Amsterdam

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The concert reinforced earlier upwellings of units of Rodrigo Amado. Two years ago I wrote about his Motion Trio with phenomenal fellow musicians, cellist Miguel Mira, drummer Gabriel Ferrandini and guesting trumpeter Peter Evans , regarding a concert at Vossa Jazz Festival in Norway: "it's a heavy calibre unit but the most thrilling qualities of its performance were actually wonderfully floating passages emerging from the heavy roars and salvos, the high energy cross-firing it started with. Just the contrast and the quality of transitions gave it its thrilling effect." About Rodrigo Amado I remarked: "He is a determined, energetic player, but won't overblow just for the sake of showing how heavy he is. He works from and to the structuring of the music no matter if it is quiet or fast and roaring loud. From that quality the aforementioned floating emerged, with the challenge not to rest on it but getting it through to a new thriving transition." That quality is clearly inspiriting the transatlantic quartet too. Hence it seems time now for recognition and more visibility on European stages.

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