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Luis Lopes

Humanization 4tet is the brainchild of Luis Lopes, an innovative guitarist from Lisbon, Portugal. Influenced equally by avant jazz, classic blues, heavy rock, and modern composition, Luis transcends the mere stylistic implications of his influences in order to engage and showcase a more deep, individualistic musical personality. Joining him is the strong, searching, and soulful tenor sax of Rodrigo Amado. Rodrigo is the leader of the celebrated Lisbon Improvisation Players, and is also known for his records with the likes of Ken Filiano, Kent Kessler, Paal Nilssen-Love, and Carlos Zingaro. He is also an avid and talented photographer

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Pedro Melo Alves: In Igma

Read "In Igma" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Since his remarkable debut as a leader in 2017, Omniae Ensemble (Nischo Records), drummer and composer Pedro Melo Alves has quickly established himself as a vital force in the Portuguese jazz scene. With an uncompromising sensibility equally committed to avant-garde jazz and contemporary classical music, not to mention the jazz-rock experimentalism of his work with Rite ...

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James Brandon Lewis & Chad Taylor, Samuel Blaser & Marc Ducret and more

Read "James Brandon Lewis & Chad Taylor,  Samuel Blaser & Marc Ducret and more" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Mark this one down on your “must-get" list: Live in Willisau by saxophonist James Brandon Lewis and drummer Chad Taylor. It's on Intakt Records, captured live at the annual Willisau Festival in Switzerland. Excellent recording, one that zooms to my favourites of 2020 list. This episode is filled with music from new releases from pianist Alexander ...

Love Song: Post-Ruins

Label: Shhpuma
Released: 2019
Track listing: Love Song: Post-Ruins

Guillotine

Label: Clean Feed Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Guillotine (Prologue) Triptych; Marie Antoinette; Guillotine (Epilogue) Diptych; Orgasmic Dance.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Luís Lopes: Love Song: Post-Ruins

Read "Love Song: Post-Ruins" reviewed by Mark Corroto

You may be familiar with the Robert Frost poem “Acquainted with the Night" from your high school literature class. Back then, what did you know of melancholy? Sure there was the darkness of adolescence, but also the possibilities. The poem, in 14 short lines, follows the same terza rima rhyme scheme as Dante's Divine Comedy ("In ...

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Lisbon Freedom Unit: Praise Of Our Folly

Read "Praise Of Our Folly" reviewed by John Sharpe

History has repeatedly demonstrated that it may be foolish to bring together large numbers of musicians without any form of roadmap. Those who have set out the slender case for the opposing view include the Globe Unity Orchestra and Peter Brötzmann's Chicago Tentet, but not many more. To that number should now be added the Lisbon ...

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Luís Lopes: Guillotine

Read "Guillotine" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Many people know the opening lines of Charles Dickens' A Tale Of Two Cities: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." But how many remember the author goes on to report on an age of wisdom/foolishness, an epoch of belief/incredulity, a season of light/darkness and the spring of hope/winter of despair? ...


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