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Label: European Echoes
Catalog ID: 2
Squidco Product Code: 8578
Rodrigo Amado-alto, baritone saxophones
Carlos Zíngaro-violin, viola
Ken Filiano-double bass
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1. Uncommon places
2. Natural bridge
3. The city
6. Room 28
12. Trail's end
13. Art is truth
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sample the album:
"Like the preceding disc from Rodrigo Amado entitled The Space Between (Clean Feed), this outing works the same tightrope. The Portuguese saxophonist adds cellist Tomas Ulrich to this trio of Carlos Zingaro (violin) and Ken Filiano (bass) for an uncommon chamber jazz experience.
Amado is probably best known for his recordings with the Lisbon Improvisation Players and recently for the critic's favorite Teatro (Clean Feed 2006) with Paal Nilssen-Love and Kent Kessler.
This quartet's recording, while walking away from the jazz tradition, shares much with openly improvised music. But that is not to say this music isn't accessible. Together, the four blend sounds in overtly satisfying ways. The relatively short pieces presented are played with a sympathetic ear to both the listener and the other musicians. Each piece unfolds very organically, the baritone saxophone utilized as equal partner. When the strings are approached in non-traditional ways on "Calculators," the players opt for plucked or gently scraped strings and tap-tap-tap of hollow bodies. The key here is the human touch upon the instruments. When in this mode, Amado enters with a gently overblown saxophone to not disturb the flow.
The quartet gives a nod to the blues on "The City," Amado's saxophone plays over the walking bass of Filiano and the plucked and strumming of Zingaro and Ulrich.
The centerpiece of the recording, "Surface Suite," is five short improvised pieces of varying moods and textures. Each revolves around a simple theme. The musicians develop the tracks into framed pictures for your enjoyment."-Mark Corroto, All About Jazz
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• Show Bio for Rodrigo Amado
"Portuguese saxophonist (alto, C melody, baritone, and tenor) Rodrigo Amado specializes in free-form, composition-in-the-moment jazz, and his various projects and trios have given him an international following. Born in Lisbon in 1964, Amado began studying the sax at the age of 17, briefly at the Hot Club Music School of Lisbon and with mentors Carlos Martins, Pedro Madaleno, and Jorge Reis, among other leading Portuguese jazz artists. With diverse musical interests, he explored how improvisation is handled in other genres, although his work with his various ensembles like the Lisbon Improvisation Players and the Motion Trio (with Miguel Mira and Gabriel Ferrandini) falls clearly under the umbrella of 21st century jazz, and he has been an in-demand studio player on numerous recorded projects. He started his own label, Clean Feed, in 2001, with brothers Pedro and Carlos Costa, before leaving the imprint in 2005 to start a second label, European Echoes. Also an accomplished professional photographer, Amado continues to be a bright light on the Portuguese and international improvisational jazz scene."-All Music, Steve Leggett (http://www.allmusic.com/artist/rodrigo-amado-mn0000249324/biography)
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Amado / Zingaro / Ulrich / Filiano
Surface: for Alto, Baritone, and Strings