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Rodrigo Amado

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

Believe, Believe

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

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

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 ...

Summer Bummer

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

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mette Rasmussen/Chris Corsano: A View Of The Moon (From The Sun)

Read "A View Of The Moon (From The Sun)" reviewed by John Sharpe

Both Danish saxophonist Mette Rasmussen and American drummer Chris Corsano thrive on exposed situations. No strangers to solo concerts and recordings, they are equally adept at duo experiences. A View Of The Moon (From The Sun) constitutes their second pairing after All The Ghosts At Once (Relative Pitch, 2015), and once again they share a predilection ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

John Sharpe's Best Releases Of 2019

Read "John Sharpe's Best Releases Of 2019" reviewed by John Sharpe

There's sometimes a backlash against picking the year's best albums. Understandably so when it entails pitting one honest artistic endeavour against another. Best to view the selections as a chance to pick up on something that you might otherwise have missed. As a listener I always look forward to the annual year end lists for precisely ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Rodrigo Amado / Chris Corsano: No Place to Fall

Read "No Place to Fall" reviewed by John Sharpe

Portuguese saxophonist Rodrigo Amado's early output has been notable for the freewheeling interplay between him and other talented horn players like trombonist Jeb Bishop, trumpeter Peter Evans and multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee. It's the quartet he fronts with McPhee which contains the seed for this Lisbon studio date from summer 2014, in that it includes the drummer ...


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