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A four part suite bridging compositional and improvisational music from Portugese pocket trumpeter Sei Miguel in a quintet including Rafael Toral on modulated electronics.

Miguel, Sei
Esfingico - Suite for a Jazz Combo

Miguel, Sei: Esfingico - Suite for a Jazz Combo (Clean Feed)
Label: Clean Feed    
Released in: Portugal    

"The international specialized press already presented Sei Miguel as the "best well kept secret" of the Portuguese creative music scene. It begins not to be true: the refined sound art of this idiosincratic trumpeter already circulates in the four corners of the world, and this puzzling but beautiful CD is another contribution to make him a wider justice.

Positioned in the fringes of the Lisbon jazz scene because of his very personal approach (John Cage being such an important reference to Sei Miguel as those of black jazz trompeters), we hear him in Esfíngico working with a classical music format, the suite. And we sure do feel each piece, or movement, as the part of a global compositional concept. Again with Sei Miguel we find Rafael Toral, more known and celebrated outside Portugal, specifically in the experimental and electronic music circuits, but always a confessed admiror of his fellow musician. The other members of the band are Miguel's usual partners: the very fluent Fala Mariam (alto trombone), the sober yet lyrical Pedro Lourenço (bass guitar), and the essentialist César Burago (percussion).

It's clear that the score was created for these performers and not for their instruments, like Duke Ellington did in his time. And that means this is music with an incredible human dimension, cooperative, participated and, most importantly, felt."-Clean Feed

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Product Information:

UPC: 5609063001709

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF 170
Squidco Product Code: 12669

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2010
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded live at "Left", Lisbon, on the night of April 16th, 2006. Mixed and mastered by Rafael Toral at Noise Precision. Produced by Doctor No.


Sei Miguel-pocket trumpet, music score, direction

Fala Mariam-alto trombone

Rafael Toral-modulated resonance feedback circuit

Pedro Lourenco-bass guitar

Cesar Burago-timbales and small percussion

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Track Listing:

1. Indagacao 12:19

2. Amor 8:51

3. Passaros 4:43

4. Estas As Palavras 14:06

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