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Rodrigo Amado

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For Portuguese saxophonist Rodrigo Amado, improvisation isn’t only a process of making music, but an end in itself and a cause he pursues with great passion. His long span project Lisbon Improvisation Players and other groups he formed with, for instance, Ken Filiano, Steve Adams, Dennis Gonzalez, Carlos Zíngaro, Kent Kessler, Paal Nilssen-Love, Miguel Mira or Gabriel Ferrandini, all share the same method of opening the concept of real-time composition to as many perspectives as possible. With one foot in modern jazz and the other in free improvisation, what he likes most is to play in the jazz idiom, without any tunes or preconceived structures, but forging a work of strong structure, clear direction and deep meaning, in real-time

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RED Trio & Celebration Band: Suite 10 Years Anniversary

Read "Suite 10 Years Anniversary" reviewed by John Sharpe


Since its inception in 2008 the RED Trio has been one of Portugal's foremost improvising ensembles. Pianist Rodrigo Pinheiro, bassist Hernani Faustino and drummer Gabriel Ferrandini stand upon the shoulders of the egalitarian trio legacy of pianists Bill Evans, Paul Bley and Howard Riley; no-one leads, no-one follows, but, paradoxically, all three move as one. To ...

Article: Album Review

Luís Lopes: Believe, Believe

Read "Believe, Believe" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Dopo aver debuttato dodici anni fa con la Clean Feed (Humanization 4tet) e inciso due dischi con la francese Ayler Records (Electricity del 2010 e Live in Madison del 2013) il gruppo texano-portoghese torna a pubblicare con l'etichetta di Pedro Costa, riproponendo la vibrante e infuocata miscela di free jazz storico con sonorità heavy metal, noise ...

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Believe, Believe

Label: Clean Feed Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Eddie Harris/Tranquilidad Alborotadora; Replicate I; Engorged Mosquitoes; She; Brainlust Distraction; Replicate II.

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José Lencastre / Hernâni Faustino / Vasco Furtado: Vento

Read "Vento" reviewed by Mark Corroto


It would be interesting to learn the order in which the six tracks on this recording were laid down. Not so much that it would make for a better listening experience, because this is a thrilling debut, but it would give us clues into the organization and presentation of music by this new label, Phonogram Unit. ...

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Article: Live Review

Festa do Jazz 2020

Read "Festa do Jazz 2020" reviewed by Henning Bolte


Centro Cultural Belem Festa do Jazz 2020 Lisbon September 12-13, 2020 Festa do Jazz, celebration of jazz, is the annual meeting of the Portuguese jazz community. It is normally held end of March/begin of April. For many years it took place in old glory theatre São Luis Municipal in the Baixa-Chiado ...

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Article: We Travel the Spaceways

Heavy Rotation For A Pandemic Summer

Read "Heavy Rotation For A Pandemic Summer" reviewed by Mark Corroto


In the summer of 2020 one result of the COVID-19 isolation, and artists inability to tour and perform is that they have time to deal with projects halted by this pandemic. Musicians, producers, and engineers have mixed, mastered and released an abundance of music. Many of the titles have been, and will be covered by our ...

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Article: Album Review

Luis Lopes Humanization 4tet: Believe, Believe

Read "Believe, Believe" reviewed by John Sharpe


For a multinational unit to persist, it must offer sufficient justifications to outweigh the logistical challenges. For Portuguese guitarist Luís Lopes, his Humanization Quartet clearly earns its existence. Believe, Believe is the outfit's fourth album since the recording of its debut in 2007, even though it is some years since the third Live In Madison (Ayler, ...

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Clean Feed’s Latest Releases

Read "Clean Feed’s Latest Releases" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


This episode digs into a number of fine new releases from Clean Feed Records. You'll hear tracks from the Simon Nabatov Quintet, the Scandinavian group Inland Empire (featuring Kris Davis), legendary singer Patty Waters, pianist Kaja Draksler, and the hard-nosed Luis Lopes Humanization Quartet (featuring saxophonist Rodrigo Amado). Also new is the Itaca 4et, a joint ...

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Summer Bummer

Label: NoBusiness Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Walking Metamorphosis; Free for All; Aimless at the Beach.


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