The 4th release on Portuguese saxophonist Rodrigo Amado's European Echoes label has the leader in a trio with fellow Portuguese musicians cellist Miguel Mira and drummer Gabriel Ferrandini in meditative to muscular modern jazz.
Label: European Echoes
Released in: Portugal
"Listening to saxophonist Rodrigo Amado, while knowing that he is also an accomplished professional photographer, lends insight into his sound and sense of proportion. His trio members, cellist Miguel Mira and drummer Gabriel Ferrandini, share his recognition of arrangement, distribution, and music-making dimensions. Motion Trio is a freely improvised recording possessing balance.
Amado's previous trio recordings with Chicago bassist Kent Kessler and Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-LoveŅTeatro (European Echoes, 2006) and The Abstract Truth (European Echoes, 2009)Ņiintroduced both his bright tenor sound and bold approach to the baritone. Unlike the previous sessions, where the ensemble's sound was built upon muscular engagement and struggle, Motion Trio is more about distribution and, to borrow a photographer's term, framing the improvisation just right.
The three players aren't so much involved in competition, such as the improvisational wrangling often heard during instant composing. Nor do Mira and Ferrandini act merely as a rhythm section for Amado's inventions. The five lengthy pieces and the stylishly petite "Ballad" achieve equilibrium through attentive listening and solicitous playing. The trio gives a nod toward Evan Parker, Barry Guy, and Paul Lytton on "Radical Leaves," ending with the tour de force, "In All Languages" (not to be confused with Ornette Coleman's tune)Ņa meditation or prayer that builds energy, culminating with more rumination than release."-Mark Corroto, All About Jazz
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"He started playing drums at fourteen, when he took up his musical studies at the Crescendo School in São João do Estoril, near Lisbon. At nineteen, he made studies at the Hot Clube Portugal, where he stayed for a year and a half. In 2006 he entered the Academia de Amadores de Música where he studies to this day with Alexandre Frazão as his master. In 2007 he did a workshop with the drummer Paal Nilssen-Love.
Towards the end of 2007 and to date he has taken part in various concerts with multiple projects alongside artists and ensembles like: Nobuyasu Furuya Trio, Rodrigo Amado Motion Trio, Alípio C. Neto, Carlos Zíngaro, DJ Ride, Variable Geometry Orchestra, Riot Trio, Luís Lopes Duo, John Butcher, Jason Stein, Jon Irabagon, Ernesto Rodrigues Septet and the Nikolaus Gerszewski Ensemble."-Gulbenkian Music (https://gulbenkian.pt/musica/en/biography/gabriel-ferrandini-2/)
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Label: European Echoes
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Recorded by Joaquim Monte at Namouche Studios, Lisbon on July 16th, 2009.
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1. Language Call 11:31
2. Testify! 11:04
3. Radical Leaves 7:27
4. As We Move... 7:01
5. Ballad 2:24
6. In All Languages 13:06