"[Creative Sources], run by violinist Ernesto Rodrigues, is solid proof that when it comes to superquiet, lowercase, reductionist - delete as appropriate - strategies in improvisation, there's as much going on in the Iberian Peninsula as there is in Somerville MA, Tokyo's Off Site and phosphorescent East Berlin. «Assemblage» features Rodrigues and son Guilherme (cello, pocket trumpet), José Oliveira (percussion, inside piano and acoustic guitar) and Manuel Mota on electric guitar, hailed by none other than Derek Bailey as one of today's most original performers on the instrument. Its three tracks, entitled respectively "Assemlage" I, II and III (no "b", but it's just a typo, I'm assured) unfold at a leisurely pace, with nobody pushing anyone else around, and judiciously avoid the "thou shalt not play loud or fast" dogma that has made several other notable lowercase improv outings in recent months somewhat tedious and predictable. With its meticulous attention to detail, Oliveira's percussion work recalls John Stevens' finest moments, and Mota's gentle flecks of sound counterpoint the woody scrapes of Rodrigues père et fils to perfection, to produce one the richest and most rewarding examples of the genre since London-based Assumed Possibilities Rossbin outing last year «Still Point». "-Dan Warburton (Paris Transatlantic)
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