New perspectives in Portuguese jazz, a remarkable balance between folk elements and a unique vision for modern jazz, in eight original songs and two covers including one from Marc Ribot.
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Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF180
Squidco Product Code: 12891
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded live at Culturgest, Lisboa on June 21, 2008, Except tracks 3,5,8 recorded live at Casa da Musica, Port on June 20, 2008 by Helder Nelson. Track 10 recorded live at Museu do Oriente, July 11, 2008 (soundboard mix)
Matthias Schriefl-trumpet, flugelhorn, melodica
Joao Paulo-piano, keyboards, accordion
Mario Delgado-electric guitar
Joao Lobo-drums, percussion
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1. Bela Senão Sem 6:02
2. Believer 10:45
3. Cancão Number Dois 6:16
4. D.C. 9:47
5. For Malena 6:43
6. I Think I've Met You Before 8:05
7. Iceland 4:20
8. Paris Texas 9:37
9. Roses for You 5:02
10. Schlager 4:56
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"Carlos Bica + Prima Matéria" confirms Bica as one of Portugal's most important jazz musicians and reaffirms his key role in the development of new perspectives for Portuguese jazz. The CD is packed with songs recorded at three memorable concerts in three memorable locations, Culturgest, Casa da Música, and the Orient Museum.
In this project, one of the most challenging of his career, Bica gives rein to his enormous talent as an arranger and songwriter, achieving a remarkable balance between folk elements and a unique vision for modern jazz. In eight original songs and two covers - one from Marc Ribot and a Ry Cooder classic, "Paris Texas" - all conceived as launching pads for improvisation, "Carlos Bica + Prima Matéria" is a kaleidoscope of strong emotions and is a brilliant document of unique events.
For these concerts Bica, who is an established jazz bassist in Portugal and Berlin (he splits his time between these two locations), recruited three versatile Portuguese musicians, pianist João Paulo, guitarist Mário Delgado, and drummer João Lobo. To that stew he mixed in the young trumpeter Matthias Shriefl,a rising presence in the new German jazz. Together they expand Bica's extraordinary musical universe, a constellation that spans jazz, blues, rock, pop and ambient music. This original sound world moves the listener through the landscapes of the great spaces, evoking artists as diverse as Ry Cooder, Michael Nyman, Radiohead, Carla Bley, Bill Frisell, and Tom Waits. With a discography punctuated by such standout recordings as "Azul" (considered by many to be the "great" album of Portuguese jazz), "Believer" and "Single" (exceptional solo bass recording), Bica continues to innovate and surprise.
Here he continues a multifaceted career that has led him to collaborate with artists such as Maria João, Carlos do Carmo, José Mário Branco, Camané, Pedro Caldeira Cabral, Janita Salomé, Ray Anderson, Kenny Wheeler, Aki Takase, Lee Konitz, Alexander von Schlippenbach , Albert Mangelsdorf, Joey Baron, Matthias Schubert, John Zorn, Paolo Fresu, and Markus Stockhausen, among many others. What surprises him more than their individual qualities as musicians, he says, "is the emotional intelligence that distinguishes the different ways of telling a story through the raw material that sound is."-Clean Feed
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"Born in Lisbon in 1961, pianist mother. Started very early his musical studies at the Academy of Santa Cecilia, starting immediately on piano. Later, he joined the National Conservatory, where in 1984 he received the diploma Advanced Course in Piano with full marks. With a scholarship from the Secretary of State for Culture, moves immediately to Paris. Then, for three years, deepening his studies at the Conservatoire de Rueil-Malmaison and successively obtained the highest distinctions - Medaille d'Or, Prix Jacques Dupont, Prix d 'Excellence and the Prix Perfectionement.
After his studies, stays in Paris for four years, giving many recitals in France and the U.S., among which are those of New York (Carni Hall in 1986 and Carnegie Hall in 1989). However, when leaving Portugal in 1984 to halt an already extensive activity in jazz and popular music area. The first public reflection that comes his musical activity in 1979, with the participation of the group Fifth Crescent in Cascais Jazz Festival 79. Luis Caldeira (saxophone), Laurent Philippe (trumpet), Peter Wallenstein (bass) and José Martins (drums) made this training, which still lingers in the memory of many people. In addition to John Paul (piano). Between 1979 and 1981, with the bassist and drummer José Eduardo Martins, form one famous trio at the time, it has developed concerts and served as the basis for monitoring the numerous foreign musicians. It is also from this period his work as a professor at the School of Jazz Hot Club of Portugal.
In the field of popular music, also this time, participates as a pianist accompanist in numerous discs national artists. Noteworthy is his collaboration with Fausto ('For this upstream'), José Mário Branco ('be supportive') and Sérgio Godinho. It was with the latter that has developed a more intense work: accompanied him in performances and worked primarily as a musician (1981), the 'Corner of mouth ' album, later (1983) being the arranger and musical director for the album 'Coincidences' in 1992, after eight years in France, returned to Portugal and immediately reconstructs the professional relationships that interrupted in 1984. Collaborates then as arranger and musical director on the album that Vitorino composed on texts by António Lobo Antunes 'that I'm moved by everything and me nothing' (1992). Great job signing this disc does not escape criticism, earning him a special distinction: José Afonso award that Amadora City Council allocates annually to the best work of Portuguese music- first delivered to an arranger. Sérgio Godinho, companion of yesteryear now rediscovered, writes 'Permanent Ink' (1993), which is in charge of arrangements and musical direction, a task that also extends to the performances, most notably ordering Lisboa'94 brought to life the Lisbon Coliseum.
Still in 1993, founded with pianist Mario laginha the chamber orchestra 'Souls and Dances', in March 1995, took a memorable concert at the Belém Cultural Center in 1994 working in 'L' Amar', the disc debut Filipa Pais, who composes three themes, makes the arrangements and musical direction. Simultaneously performs a series of improvisations in the National Cinematheque as a companion silent films and acts as soloist with the Orchestra of the North. He regularly collaborates with musicians like Thomas Pimentel, Carlos Martins, Pedro Caldeira Cabral, Mario laginha, and Maria João Pedro Burmester, among others. These collaborations result numerous concerts and participation in another album, 'Taking Off' (1994), the debut album by trumpeter Thomas Pimentel septet. Along with Jorge Reis, Mario Franco and Jose Salgueiro, form the quartet of John Paul. It is with these musicians who writes 'Saw worm', the first album in his name and that now constitutes the core of his musical activity. Sérgio Godinho: 1980. I had been talking about him, and Carrapa Ze Luis Caldeira, and whispered me his name as if it were a mystery: There is a person called John Paul, who sits at the piano and leftover praise. Moreover, the fact that John Paul came with his piano by 'Corner of mouth' inside, sauntered your glow interpreter and arranger for 'Coincidences', by my first Coliseum for many performances that marked me. The track went to France and then came back even better and made me the 'Permanent Ink'. I owe you some important sounds of my life, and this is indeed, a mystery that I feel like sharing. There is a person called John Paul 'Mario laginha' John Paul is a musician with unique features. His enormous talent encompasses the composition, interpretation and improvisation. Has an immense musical intelligence and is still a highly stimulating to share ideas, opinions and experiences musician. These days, listening to inspirational music is not, in my opinion, at all ordinary. The music of John Paul's! Let us enjoy the privilege of listening to Vitorino. Words for what? What is good is to hear it live. Does not yield one iota in essential. It is lord of a prodigious hands and a great talent. Moreover, is a great friend! Is João Paulo Esteves da Silva 'DISCOGRAPHY: With Sérgio Godinho' Corner of mouth' (Polygram, 1981); 'Coincidences' (Polygram, 1983); 'permanent ink' (EMI, 1991) With Fausto. For this upstream (CBS / Sony Music , 1982) With José Mário Branco, 'Being supportive' (Edison, 1982) With Vitorino,' that I 'm moved by everything and me nothing ' (EMI , 1992) Septet With Thomas Pimentel 'Taking Off' (El Armadillo, 1994) With Filipa Pais 'L' Amar' ( Strauss, 1994) In its own name: 'Saw worm' Lighthouse ( 1995), 'Souls and Dances' Lighthouse( 1996) 'The exile'. Pope John Paul: piano, carlos spout: contrabass, peter epstein: saxophones( Marecordings 1999) 'Souls' - Pope John Paul: piano , carlos spout : contrabass , peter epstein : saxophones (Marecordings 2000) 'Corner' - Pope John Paul: piano, peter epstein: saxophones (Marecordings 2000) 'Sunrise' - uses / japanese - john paul: piano, ricardo days: accordéon, peter epstein: avril saxophones ( Marecordings 2001) ' Wheel portugaises les suites ' - empreinte digitale / nocturne - john paul en france soil ( juin 2002) piano."-JACC Records (http://www.jacc-records.com/en/musicians/joao-paulo-esteves-da-silva)
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"From jazz to gnawa music, electro-acoustic trance to total improvisation, in solo or in a big band, collaborating on dance and theatre productions and making soundtracks for movies (including "John From" which got him a nomination for Best Original Music at the Fénix Awards 2016 in Mexico), João Lobo maintains a versatile career as a musician mainly playing the drums.
He is the co-founder of Oba Loba, Going, Tetterapadequ, Norman, Mulabanda, and a proud member of Giovanni Guidi Trio, Mâäk, MikMâäk and Ghalia Benali & Mâäk: MwSOUL.
He has recorded more than 40 albums, some self-produced and others for labels such as ECM, Clean Feed, CamJazz, De Werf, El Negocito, three:four records, Challenge, NEOS.
He has performed and/or recorded in many countries around the world with many musicians including Enrico Rava, Marshall Allen (US), Rosewell Rudd (US), Carlos Bica (PT), Nate Wooley (US), Maalem Hassan Zogari (MA), Thomas Morgan (US), Chris Corsano (US), and collaborates intensely with Norberto Lobo (PT), Giovanni Di Domenico (IT), Lynn Cassiers (BE), Manolo Cabras (IT), Giovanni Guidi (IT) and Laurent Blondiau (BE)."-Joao Lobo Website (https://joaolobomusic.com/bio-cv/)
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