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Fail Better!

Born in 2012, Fail Better! is a quintet that brings together musicians living in different cities (Porto, Coimbra and Lisbon). The base is the union of two pre-existing projects: the duo formed by João Guimarães (saxophone) and João Pais Filipe (percussion), which in 2012 produced one of the most interesting free jazz records made ​​in Portugal (Ancestral, Sonoscopia Records) and the trio THE NAP, which joins Marcelo dos Reis (guitar), José Miguel Pereira (bass) and Pais Filipe. Luis Vicente (trumpet) completes the “pentagon”, adding richness of timbre and increasing the expressive possibilities of the quintet, whose music is able to drive to distinct territories


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Fail Better!: The Fall

Read "The Fall" reviewed by John Sharpe

For its third album following Zero Sum (JACC, 2014) and Owt (NoBusiness, 2016), adventurous Portuguese improvising outfit Fail Better! presents selections from a 2017 concert in the city of Coimbra. Although the instrumentation remains the same, this time out drummer Marco Franco and Lisbon-based Catalan saxophonist Albert Cirera join core members trumpeter Luis Vicente, guitarist Marcelo ...



Label: NoBusiness Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: Former Times; Sidereal; In Between; Circular Measure; Stellar.


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Fail Better!: OWT

Read "OWT" reviewed by John Sharpe

Taking Samuel Beckett's exhortation from Worstward Ho as a moniker--and a highly appropriate credo for improvisers to aspire to--Portuguese co-operative ensemble Fail Better! proffer their second release, following Zero Sum (JACC, 2014), as a limited edition LP on the Lithuanian NoBusiness label. Of the five proponents, likely the most familiar will be trumpeter Luis Vicente and ...


Zero Sum

Label: JACC Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: Bright Red; This Is Our Gun; Fallout Breeders; Dysfunctional Wire; The Growing Border; Challenge/Challenges.


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Pedra Contida: Xisto

Read "Xisto" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Pedra Contida (contained stone in Portuguese) is a Portuguese quintet assembled by guitarist Marcelo dos Reis to work together for a week in the remote mountain village Cerdeira in Serra da Lousã, in the Coimbra district of Portugal. The five musicians-- dos Reis also on prepared guitar, voice and singing bowls are Angélica V. Salvi on ...


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Fail Better!: Zero Sum

Read "Zero Sum" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

The name of the Portuguese quintet Fail Better! is inspired by Samuel Beckett who advised: “ever tried, ever failed, no matter, try again, fail again, fail better." This saying, together with the one of Miles Davis who claimed that there are no mistakes in music, capture the very essence of the process of free improvisation. And, ...


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