With members from Twenty One 4Tet, Clock and Clouds, Cactus Truck, and trumpeter Luis Vicente's Trio, this quartet's strength lies in a seemingly casual approach to what is in execution intensely detailed dialog, each member contributing to a unique and entrancing group sound.
Govaert, Onno / Marcelo Dos Reis / Luis Vicente / Kristjan Martinsson
Released in: UK
"You might assume the recording In Layers is another vehicle in Luís Vicente's meteoric rise to the top of improvisational music. If you guess this you are both wrong and somewhat right. While the Portuguese trumpeter has distinguished himself in the Twenty One 4Tet with John Dikeman and Wilbert de Joode, in Chamber 4, Fail Better!, Clocks And Clouds, Frame Trio, Deux Maisons, and the Luís Vicente Trio, you wouldn't know he was the headliner here.
Vicente leads by collaborating equally with and abetting this quartet. By championing the music of drummer Onno Govaert, guitarist Marcelo dos Reis, and pianist Kristján Martinsson, he raises the ebb and flow of this session and thus its tidewaters.
Govaert performs in Cactus Truck with Dikeman, and Twenty One 4Tet with Vicente, likewise dos Reis and the trumpeter are members of Chamber 4 and Fail Better!. Martinsson is the new name here, best known as a member of the K Trio.
The quartet's untroubled approach is heard on the opener, "Glaze," a casual coming together of threads or maybe better puzzled pieces of sound. Rattling drums, sprinkled guitar licks, slurred trumpet licks, and echoing piano notes come together as a magnet pulls iron in its direction. This attractiveness is heard throughout. "Varnish" applies an eerie touch with Vicente's muted horn hovering above the bowels of the piano, ticking percussion. The mood lightens on "Tempera," with some percussive guitar and the forward drive of Martinsson's piano and Govaert's drums. What distinguishes this quartet is the shared sense of objective here. Each player contributes equally to the music making, all in support of a leaderless sound."-Mark Corroto, All About Jazz
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"Marcelo dos Reis, Lisbon 1984.
He's one proeminent voice in the new generation of european improvisers. All his work have been widely acclaimed, and beside all the achievements, was nominated one of the best five guitar players at the El Intruso - 8th Annual International Critics Poll.
His idiossincratic approach to the guitar, puts him as one of the key figures of the portuguese improvised music scene.
He works in groups like Pedra Contida, Open Field, Staub Quartet, in duo with Angélica V. Salvi, Chamber 4 and Fail Better!, this last two were considered two of the best newcomer bands in the last years.
Beside his projects he worked and shared the stage with dozens of musicians, such as : Burton Greene, Elliott Sharp, Burkhard Beins, Liz Allbee, Evan Parker, Carlos "Zíngaro", Toshimaru Nakamura, Andrea Neumann, Théo Ceccaldi, Werner Dafeldecker among many others.
Apart from work as musician, Marcelo organises the Double Bill - Concert Series, and runs the record label Cipsela."-Soundcloud (https://soundcloud.com/marcelodosreis)
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Onno Govaert is a drumer from Amsterdamn performing free jazz, swing and rock. He is a member of Cactus Truck with Jasper Stadhouders and Wilbert de Joode, and has also recorded with Andy Moor, Colin McLean, and John Dikeman, and with Dave Rempis and Frank Rosaly.-Squidco 2/22/2017
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"This gentle Icelandic concert pianist has won many prizes and played at major prestigious festivals (including the North Sea Jazz Festival), both in the Netherlands and abroad. He has a Master study completed in collaboration with no less than five top European Conservatories (Conservatory of Paris, Berlin, Copenhagen, Trondheim and Amsterdam). Kristján has released with his trio K three albums. The latest, "Meatball Evening", won the three Icelandic music awards in 2014. His jazz improvisations are tasteful and very personable and his classical piano playing is impressive. Like all teachers at the Piano Academy Kristján also a qualified classical pianist."-The Piano Academy (translated by Google) (https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=nl&u=http://www.depianoacademie.com/kristjaacuten-martinsson.html&prev=search)
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"Luis first picked up a trumpet when he decided to participate in a Philarmonic Association. Later he had private classes with Tomás Pimentel.He attended the Escola de Jazz Luís Villas Boas/ Hot Club de Portugal, where he had the chance to study with João Moreira, Tomás Pimentel, Vasco Mendonça, Afonso Pais, Filipe Melo, Bruno Santos e André Fernandes. During these years, he also participated in workshop with musicians such as Evan Parker, Chris Speed, Mário Laginha, David Binney, Jesse Davis, Julian Arguelles, Ohad Talmor, André Fernandes, Pedro Madaleno e Phil Grenadier.
He already played in dozens of venues and festivals in Portugal and across Europe. He performed and recorded with Carlos Zingaro, Wilbert De Joode, Akira Sakata, Johannes Bauer, Oori Shalev, Jorrit Dijkstra, Kaido Yutaka, Jasper Stadhouders, Giovanni Di Domenico, Mary Oliver, Nuno Rebelo, Jonathan Hafner, André Fernandes, Joost Buis, Marco Franco, Steve Heather, Mette Rasmussen, John Dikeman, Roberto Negro, João Lobo, Hugo Antunes, Valentin Ceccaldi, Seppe Gebruers, José Ernesto Rodrigues, Onno Govaert, Rodrigo Amado, Tó Trips, Luís Lopes, Federico Pascucci, Théo Ceccaldi.
Currently he plays his own tunes in trio and quartet and is a member of : Vicente|Marjamaki; Clocks& Clouds; Fail Better!; Twenty One 4tet; Deux Maisons; Chamber 4; W.A.S?; Jasper Stadhouders' International Improv Esnsemble."-Luis Vicente Website (http://luis-vicente.wixsite.com/luisvicente)
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Recorded on 25th April 2016 at Zaal 100 in Amsterdam.
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1. Glaze 5:15
2. Fresco 10:17
3. Varnish 4:30
4. Tempera 9:45
5. Pentimenti 8:55
6. Underdrawing 6:50