Portuguese saxophonist Rodrigo Amado is an aggressive, improvisational dynamo who has amassed a hearty discography for Clean Feed Records and several other European record labels. His mode of delivery parallels a heavyweight boxer who jabs, dances, and executes vicious left hooks and uppercuts. Recorded in a Lisbon studio, his quartet opens the floodgates with blossoming theme building efforts. The musicians generate stormy grooves and intricately developed motifs amid their unbridled intensity.
The first track "Abandon Yourself," is a 28-minute epic, where the band gradually builds momentum with turbulent dialogues and thrusting pulses. Amado's rough-hewn tone, assertive theme-building lines and fluctuating intensity, parallels the group's democratic interplay, as each musician plays a distinct role. With moments of quietude and oscillating rhythmic contrasts, they often soar to an apex and reformulate the attack via asynchronous call and response dialogues. They recycle their engines on numerous occasions on this frantic journey that casts emotive sentiment along with a festive free-form approach, tinted with melodic flurries and blazing jaunts into the ozone. Amado and associates render a prismatic storyline, framed with an industrious, action-packed onslaught that seizes your attention from start to finish.
Personnel: Rodrigo Amado: tenor saxophone; Manuel Mota: electric guitar; Hernani
Faustino: double bass; Gabriel Ferandini: drums.
I love jazz because it is both challenging and exhilarating, and the endeavor of improvisation is the highest form of art.
I met so many great musicians--including my two earliest heroes, Maynard Ferguson and Dizzy Gillespie--by attending concerts
and being willing to treat them with the respect they deserve.
The best show I ever attended was the Pat Metheny/Ornette Coleman Song X concert at Cornell University.
The first jazz record I bought was an RCA compilation by Dizzy Gillespie.
My advice to new listeners is to not be afraid to listen to something because you're not familiar with the artists or the band or
the genre or anything - this is music that is best experienced through discovery.