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The trio of Portuguese saxophonist Amado with Kent Kessler and Paal Nilssen-Love return for a 2nd album, an homage to Italian painter Giorgio de Chirico with a nod to Oliver Nelson.

Amado / Kessler / Nilssen-Love
The Abstract Truth

Amado /  Kessler / Nilssen-Love: The Abstract Truth (European Echoes)
Label: European Echoes    
Released in: USA    

Following 2006's Teatro, his first internationally-acclaimed trio recording with North American double-bassist Kent Kessler and Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love, Portuguese sax player Rodrigo Amado presents The Abstract Truth on his very own European Echoes imprint. The album works as an homage to Italian painter Giorgio de Chirico, while nodding to the legendary Oliver Nelson recording of the same name -- using improvisation as a complex and demanding discipline that reveals all of what a musician is and can become. Amado is one of the top improvisers in Portugal. Followers of his work refer to him as an original player able to balance the dynamics and intense energy of free-playing with a distinct melodic sense that brings to mind the great tradition of the instrument, from Parker to Rollins. Kessler and Nilssen-Love are two of the most in-demand and sought-after improvisers on the scene, working with the likes of Peter Brotzmann (both are members of the acclaimed Brotzmann Tentet), Ken Vandermark, Joe McPhee, Evan Parker, Mats Gustafsson and Fred Anderson, amongst many others.

"Paal Nilssen-Love was born in Molde, Norway, Dec 24. 1974, and raised at a jazz club in Stavanger, run by his parents. It was natural to choose his fathers drums as his instrument and jazz as his work. From 1990 on he took actively part in the jazz milieu in Stavanger and joined bands with established musicians such as trumpeter Didrik Ingvaldsen and saxophonist Frode Gjerstad. In many ways, these collaborations were essential as they pointed out the directions for Paal's later musical development and career. During his studies at the Jazz dept at the University in Trondheim, where the first self initiated bands were established, things developed really fast - and Paal was nationally acknowledged at the age of 20.

The forming of the quartet Element in 1993 in many ways represented the start of a new phase in Paal's musical life. Element musically became a platform for several other groups with bassist Flaten and pianist Wiik, and lead to collaborations with Iain Ballamy and Chris Potter, amongst others. Paal moved to Oslo in 1996, where he joined and/or took part in the forming of bands like Vindaloo, SAN, Håkon Kornstad Tio, The Quintet and Frode Gjerstad Trio. He later on got more into self initiated projects and collaborations with Swedish musicians, such as pianist Sten Sandell and saxophonist Mats Gustafsson.

Paal played his first solo concert in 1999, and since then the solo concept has been an important part of his work: "Everyone should try doing some solo work, just to feel who you really are and what gets you going". His solo album "Sticks and stones" was put out in 2001 on SOFA Rec.

Being active in several bands at the same time has always been Paal's deliberate working method. He is constantly conscious about the projects he is in, as his participation in each and one of them is fully dedicated. Playing is not about getting from start to goal, but rather being in an everlasting process, a continuous movement where each new piece of music performed is a prolongation of the latest. Hence, keeping focused and concentrating all energy around what's happening there and then is of greatest importance - as is the freedom in the music, the ability of being free within the expression.

All bands, although various styles and musical versatility in general, represent important pieces that make up a total, and all bands are formed or joined with a clear vision. Today Paal's portfolio includes Atomic, School Days, The Thing, Frode Gjerstad Trio, Sten Sandell Trio, Scorch Trio, Territory Band, FME, and various duo projects such as with reedmen Ken Vandermark, John Butcher, Mats Gustafsson, organist Nils Henrik Asheim and noise wizard Lasse Marhaug. And not to forget the recently joined Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet."

-Paal Nilssen-Love Website (

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Product Information:

UPC: 5609063500035

Label: European Echoes
Catalog ID: EE 003CD
Squidco Product Code: 11955

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack - 3 panel
Recorded and mixed by Nelson Carvalho at Estudios Vlentim de Carvalho, Lisbon on July 14, 2008.


Rodrigo Amado-tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone

Kent Kessler-double bass

Paal Nilssen-Love-drums

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Track Listing:

1. Intro / The Red Tower 4:42

2. Clouds And Shadows 4:38

3. Human Condition 5:15

4. The Kiss 9:49

5. Universe Unmasked 7:14

6. A Dream Transformed 7:10

7. The Enchanted Room 6:45

8. Enigma Of The Arrival 7:05

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