271

Rodrigo Amado: The Abstract Truth

Mark Corroto By

Sign in to view read count
Saxophonist Rodrigo Amado, bassist Kent Kessler, and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love is an international trio featuring players from Portugal, United States and Norway, respectively. But on its second recording, The Abstract Truth, the assemblage speaks the same language; its mother tongue being hard-hitting, concise improvisation.

This disc follows the Teatro (European Echoes, 2006), the trio's very first meeting. Where the previous disc was wide-ranging, barbarous, and marked by lengthy pieces, the music here is more concise, with most tracks in the five-to-seven minute range.

Amado—a rising star in Europe heard recently with Dennis Gonzalez' Yells At Eels Trio on The Great Bydgoszcz Concert (Ayler, 2009) and with Taylor Ho Bynum, John Hebert, and Gerald Cleaver on Searching For Adam (Not Two, 2009)—always seems to be in good company when he records, and The Abstract Truth is no exception. Kessler and Nilssen-Love are, by now, old hands at this type of affair. Kessler, of Vandermark 5 and Peter Brötzmann fame, and Nilssen-Love is the drummer of choice for Brotzmann, Mats Gustafsson and Ken Vandermark, to name just a few of the many bands to which each of these players contributes.

The disc opens with "Intro/The Red Tower," balancing the subtle with the explosive. Amado's tenor keeps the lid on the ever-simmering drummer by slow and deliberate lines. The tension within each composition is the attraction here. All three have an awareness of the music making the task at hand keeping these improvised musical pieces, well, musical.

Nilssen-Love is a master of propulsion. Be it with his tom-toms or simple sticks on metal, he is always driving, commenting, and chiding his mates. The music, although not scripted, is structured and organized, but not just Kessler's time-keeping bass but all three players. When Amado takes up a baritone saxophone on "Universe Unmasked," the normally stodgy sound is whipped through its paces by Kessler's force and Nilssen-Love's unrelenting pace. And Amado is game, chasing the pulse and barking out chorus after chorus of bottom filled notes; a real muscular flexing exercise.

Elsewhere the trio delivers the ballad-like "A Dream Transformed" and the dreamy "Enigma Of The Arrival," a sparse meditation piece. More beguiling and captivating music.


Track Listing: Rodrigo Amado: tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone; Kent Kessler: doublebass; Paal Nilssen-Love: drums.

Personnel: Intro/The Red Tower; Clouds And Shadows; Human Condition; The Kiss; Universe Unmasked: A Dream Transformed; The Enchanted Room; Enigma Of The Arrival.

Title: The Abstract Truth | Year Released: 2009 | Record Label: European Echoes


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Déjà Vu CD/LP/Track Review Déjà Vu
by Troy Dostert
Published: September 20, 2017
Read Woody Guthrie - The Tribute Concerts CD/LP/Track Review Woody Guthrie - The Tribute Concerts
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: September 20, 2017
Read Two in a Box CD/LP/Track Review Two in a Box
by Jack Bowers
Published: September 20, 2017
Read Discussions CD/LP/Track Review Discussions
by Glenn Astarita
Published: September 20, 2017
Read Just Friends: Live at the Village Vanguard CD/LP/Track Review Just Friends: Live at the Village Vanguard
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: September 19, 2017
Read Introducing the Simon Eskildsen Trio CD/LP/Track Review Introducing the Simon Eskildsen Trio
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: September 19, 2017
Read "The Moonlight Sessions, Volume 1" CD/LP/Track Review The Moonlight Sessions, Volume 1
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: May 15, 2017
Read "All My Treasures" CD/LP/Track Review All My Treasures
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: November 20, 2016
Read "Lacy Pool_2" CD/LP/Track Review Lacy Pool_2
by Glenn Astarita
Published: June 14, 2017
Read "Relaxin’ With the Miles Davis Quintet" CD/LP/Track Review Relaxin’ With the Miles Davis Quintet
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: July 19, 2017
Read "Carol Morgan Quartet - Post Cool Vol. 1 The Night Shift" CD/LP/Track Review Carol Morgan Quartet - Post Cool Vol. 1 The Night Shift
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: February 14, 2017
Read "Quinsin Nachoff's Ethereal Trio" CD/LP/Track Review Quinsin Nachoff's Ethereal Trio
by Roger Farbey
Published: May 17, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.