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RED Trio

RED trio is a group that presents a multiplicity of approaches to music playing and composition in real time by improvisation. Formed by three musicians from the new improvised music Lisbon scene from an idea by Hernâni Faustino, RED trio features Rodrigo Pinheiro at the piano, Hernani Faustino at the doublebass and Gabriel Ferrandini at the drums. RED Trio explores one of the most prolific jazz formations: piano/doublebass/drums. The trio's music is characterized for being fast, energic, highly focused, dynamic and sometimes nervous and violent. Most of RED trio influences are based on jazz and especially on improvised music

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Article: Album Review

Gabriel Ferrandini: Volúpias

Read "Volúpias" reviewed by John Sharpe


Portuguese drummer Gabriel Ferrandini seeks out a different path on Volúpias. He puts aside the bustling asymmetric momentum, familiar from his tenure in the celebrated Red Trio and with saxophonist Rodrigo Amado's Motion Trio, to explore compositional realms. In 2016 he started his new approach with an artistic residency in the prestigious ZDB venue, where he ...

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Article: Album Review

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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Article: Building a Jazz Library

John Butcher

Read "John Butcher" reviewed by John Eyles


In the Building a Jazz Library article on Evan Parker, it says that seasoned Parker followers would describe him as the finest improvising saxophonist of his generation. Curiously, many of those same people would use exactly that phrase about John Butcher. The simple explanation for this apparent contradiction is that we are talking about two generations; ...

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Article: Album Review

Yedo Gibson / Hernani Faustino / Vasco Trilla: Chain

Read "Chain" reviewed by John Sharpe


Fast changing textural interplay is the name of the game on Chain which comprises six group inventions, all falling within the 8-14 minute bracket, recorded in Lisbon in June 2016. A familiar presence on the Amsterdam scene, Brazilian-born saxophonist Yedo Gibson appears the de facto leader of a collective trio, accompanied by Portuguese/Catalan drummer Vasco Trilla ...

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Article: Album Review

Eve Risser / Benjamin Duboc / Edward Perraud: En Corps Generation

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The eponymous debut En Corps (Dark Tree, 2012) by the French triumvirate of pianist Eve Risser, bassist Benjamin Duboc and drummer Edward Perraud made several year-end lists, and Génération belongs in the same category. Les Deux Versants Se Regardent (Clean Feed, 2016) by Risser's White Desert Orchestra revealed her as a composer of note, as well ...

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Article: Album Review

John Dikeman / Luis Vicente / Hugo Antunes / Gabriel Ferrandini: Salão Brazil

Read "Salão Brazil" reviewed by John Sharpe


Amsterdam-domiciled American saxophonist John Dikeman and Portuguese trumpeter Luis Vicente have become regular collaborators, although the only prior evidence on disc is their first meeting in Twenty One 4tet's Live At Zaal 100 (Not Two, 2016). For the limited edition LP Salão Brazil they have enlisted two of the brassman's countrymen in Belgian-based bassist Hugo Antunes ...

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Article: Album Review

Albert Cirera: Before The Silence

Read "Before The Silence" reviewed by John Sharpe


On Before The Silence, four musicians from the Iberian Peninsula collectively birth one 53-minute improvisation, split into three tracks and a final short coda. Pianist Agusti Fernandez is likely the most recognizable name here, but the nominal leader reedman Albert Cirera has an enduring association with the pianist, first as a student, then appearing as part ...

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Summer Skyshift

Label: Clean Feed Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: 1.1; 1.2; 1.3; 2.

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Article: Year in Review

John Sharpe's Best Releases Of 2016

Read "John Sharpe's Best Releases Of 2016" reviewed by John Sharpe


Here are ten new releases, reviewed at All About Jazz, which stood out among those I heard this year. Wadada Leo Smith America's National Parks (Cuneiform Records) While the title might conjure up a string of luminous tone poems, the reality of trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith's magisterial collection goes ...


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