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Albatre (Costa / Almeida / Ernstring): The Fall Of The Damned (Shhpuma)

Rotterdam based band comprising two Portuguese players--Gonccalo Almeida on bass and Hugo Costa on sax--and German drummer Philipp Ernsting, the trio adding electronics, keys and effects, in their third album slamming hard free jazz and rock angst into a controlled chaos, a maelstrom of powerful riffs, rugged soloing, and mesmerizing grooves.
 

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Hugo Costa-alto saxophone, effects

Goncalo Almeida-bass, keyboards, electronics

Philipp Ernsting-drums, electronics


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UPC: 5609063800456

Label: Shhpuma
Catalog ID: SHH045
Squidco Product Code: 26511

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Soundport, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, by the band.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Albatre are back for some more "display of urgent bass and sax noise, frantic but meticulous drumming and abrupt moodshifts", but this self-description doesn't say it all. Something changed in this Rotterdam- based band formed by two Portuguese, Gonccalo Almeida and Hugo Costa, and a German, Philipp Ernsting, since the release of A Descent Into Maesltrom.

They're still crossing post-Ornette Coleman free jazz with metal and punk, but now the music is more essential and minimalist, with everything reduced to the bone. And yet, the doom factor is enhanced as never before. The riffs are slowly (sometimes very, very slowly) repeated until you get hypnotized, a bit like Otomo Yoshihide's band Ground Zero used to do, and when something different happens - colorful harmonic cloud formations and harsh noise fusing in strange ways - it's like discovering a new planet.

There's aspects of jazz- rock and of psychedelic and progressive rock going on, but what's really important is the final impact on your stomach: the music strikes you there directly. With The Fall of the Damned, the jazzcore format goes to new territories."-Shhpuma


Artist Biographies

Hugo Costa is a Portuguese saxophonist, a member of the groups Albatre, and Anticlan.

-Squidco 7/10/2024

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"Gonçalo Almeida born in 1978 Lisbon, Portugal. Lives in Rotterdam, Netherlands, where he followed studies at Rotterdams Conservatorium, having studied with Heyn van Geyn, Stefan Lievestro, Marius Beets and Peter Leerdman, finishing his master degree in 2008.

Plays in a variety of projects that go from modern jazz, freejazz, jazzcore and free improvisation music, having shared the stage with improvisers such has Chris Speed, Carlos Zíngaro, Wilbert de Joode, Martin van Duynhoven, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Rodrigo Amado, Tobias Klein, Jasper Stadhouders among others.

Also has been working in collaboration with multi media such as video artists, modern dancers, poets, and theater makers.

In the main projects that he is involved as double bass player, he has a deep input as a composer."

-Goncalo Almeida Website (http://gonzobass.wixsite.com/gonzoalmeida/biography)
7/10/2024

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"Philipp Ernsting is a drummer from Lünen who has been active in Rotterdam for the better part of two decades. He is acclaimed for his versatile playing in genre-defying bands such as Albatre and Doktor Schnitt."

-WORM (https://worm.org/production/ein-abend-in-worm-les-cidres-philipp-ernsting-more/)
7/10/2024

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Track Listing:



1. The Fall Of The Damned 6:55

2. Goya 3:58

3. Dance Of A Dead Paradise 7:01

4. Asmodea 7:04

5. Ship Of Fools 10:48

6. Peasant Dance 10:03

7. Horned Animal 4:39

Related Categories of Interest:


Clean Feed
Improvised Music
Jazz
Free Improvisation
Rock and Related
Improvised Rock
New in Rock Forms

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