18

Sei Miguel: Salvation Modes

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Track review of "Fermata"

Sei Miguel: Salvation Modes 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 shortest piece on the album at 9:40 and features a strange alignment of instruments, evidenced by Andre Goncalves' Hammond manipulation, Cesar Burago's percussion and radio interference and Margarida Garcia playing or using something identified solely as, twin. With Miguel's terse horn statements, the presentation intimates an otherworldly and slowly moving epic that could loosely pass for mechanical implements during a fabrication cycle.

Burago's radio waves inject some blissful white noise underpinnings amid his asymmetrical tapping maneuvers using small percussion instruments. The band dishes out variable microtonal processes but Miguel eventually adds bluesy choruses into the mix, sparking a touch of realism along the way. Nonetheless, citing the avant-garde spectrum may be the easy way out when trying to categorize Miguel's artistry. Regardless, he's in a class of his own and possesses a distinctive pen. Sit back, relax, and let the music escort your senses to parts unknown.

Track Listing: Preludio e Cruz De Sala; Fermata; Cantata Mussurana.

Personnel: Sei Miguel, trumpet, finger cymbals, direction; Fala Mariam trombone, alto trombone; Pedro Gomes, guitar; Cesar Burago, percussion, radio, bandoneon, de Osaka, claves, agogo; Andre Goncalves, Hammond manipulation; Margarida Garcia, twin; Kimi Djabate, singer; Rafael Toral, modulated feedback; Ernesto Rodrigues, viola; Nuno Torres, alto saxophone; Pedro Lourenco, bass guitar; Luis Desirat, traps drums; Monsieur Trinite, bandoneon, de Osaka, ganza, afoche.

Title: Salvation Modes | Year Released: 2014 | Record Label: Clean Feed Records


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Open Book CD/LP/Track Review Open Book
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: August 17, 2017
Read Stolen Moments CD/LP/Track Review Stolen Moments
by Jack Bowers
Published: August 17, 2017
Read Sonder CD/LP/Track Review Sonder
by Troy Dostert
Published: August 17, 2017
Read Putting Off Death CD/LP/Track Review Putting Off Death
by Glenn Astarita
Published: August 17, 2017
Read Albert Mangelsdorff And His Friends CD/LP/Track Review Albert Mangelsdorff And His Friends
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 16, 2017
Read Heaven On Their Minds CD/LP/Track Review Heaven On Their Minds
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: August 16, 2017
Read "The Look Of Love: Songs Of The Sixties" CD/LP/Track Review The Look Of Love: Songs Of The Sixties
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: June 4, 2017
Read "Astrometrics" CD/LP/Track Review Astrometrics
by Roger Farbey
Published: May 13, 2017
Read "Samba Para a Vida" CD/LP/Track Review Samba Para a Vida
by Edward Blanco
Published: August 7, 2017
Read "Ballet: The Music Of Michael Gibbs" CD/LP/Track Review Ballet: The Music Of Michael Gibbs
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: May 27, 2017
Read "Which Craft?" CD/LP/Track Review Which Craft?
by Ian Patterson
Published: December 28, 2016
Read "Night Music" CD/LP/Track Review Night Music
by Jack Bowers
Published: October 4, 2016

Sponsor: JANA PROJECT | LEARN MORE  

Support our sponsor

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.