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Lencastre, Jose Nau Quartet: Eudaimonia (FMR)

The Portuguese ensemble Nau Quartet led by alto saxophonist Jose Lencastre, with Rodrigo Pinheiro on piano and Hernani Faustino on bass (both members of Red Trio) plus Joao Lencastre on drums, in their second album of beautifully hazy improvisation, building and receding in authoritative conversations of innovative and inspired playing; excellent.
 

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UPC: 748079797314

Label: FMR
Catalog ID: FMRCD505-0918
Squidco Product Code: 26578

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: UK
Packaging: Digipack - 3 panel
Recorded at Timbuktu Studio, in Lisbon, Portugal, on April 7th, 2018 by Joao Pedreiro.


Personnel:

Jose Lencastre-alto saxophone

Rodrigo Pinheiro-piano

Hernani Faustino-bass

Joao Lencastre-drums

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Artist Biographies:

"José Lencastre, also known as Zé Lencastre, is a Lisbon, Portugal saxophonist, composer and arranger. He studied at the Hot Clube de Portugal, Chichester College of Arts(England), and Eastman Community Music School ( Rochester, NY). He Has played several festivals and venues in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Poland, Germany, Czech Republic, Eslovakia, Hungary, Brasil, Morroco.

TSUKI - Looking For Principles In Others (2006)/// TSUKI - I Wish That Mountain Had An Eye (2007)///TSUKI - Sea Snail (2009) ///THE MOST WANTED- The Most Wanted EP (2008) ///CACIQUE97 - Colectânea Novos Talentos Fnac (2007) - EP (2007) - Cacique97 (2009) ///BA MBO - Colectânea Intolerant? Me? (2008) ///POTLATCH - Live at Fabrica (2009) ///THE GRASSPOPPERS - DUB INNA WEEK (2010)/// SOCIAL SMOKERS - MAGNETIC POETRY (2011)/// THE GRASSPOPPERS - LOVERS ROCK INNA WEEK (2011)/// COOLTOUR - COOLTOUR (2012)

He has also appeared as a guest musician recorded with Gnu, Gazua, Philharmonic Weed, Tiago Gomes&Tó Trips, Tércio Borges & os Democratas do Samba, André Sampaio e os Afromandiga, etc. He currently resides in Recife, PE - Brazil."

-Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pg/zelencastre/about/?ref=page_internal)
12/8/2018

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"Rodrigo Pinheiro was born in 1973 in Covilhã, a small town in the center of Portugal. He started learning the piano when he was five at the Conservatory of Covilhã and later at the Conservatory of Lisbon until he was eighteen. He soon got involved with the free Portuguese improvisation scene, having played with Américo Rodrigues, José Oliveira, Nuno Rebelo, Rodrigo Amado, Luís Desirat, Bruno Parrinha or Ernesto Rodrigues. Pinheiro's intuitive approach to improvisation and exploration of the piano timbres, using both classical and extensive techniques, makes his music energic, polyrhythmic and full of contrasts. Moreover, he has honed his technique at workshops of improvisa- tion and composition where he has played with virtuous names, such as Carlos Zíngaro, Peter Kowald, Gunther Muller or Patrick Brennan. He has also performed with several musicians, like Hiroshi Kobayashi, Cristin Wilboltz, Nathan Fuhr, Blaise Siwula, Per Anders Nilsson, John Zorn, Nobuyasu Furuya, Jason Stein, Nate Wooley, John Butcher, Lotte Anker, Joe McPhee, Keir Neuringer, among others. In 2010 Pinheiro formed his project RED Trio, with Hernâni Faustino (bass) and Gabriel Ferrandini (drums). The band has recorded four albums with Clean Feed and Nobusiness Records and performed live at jazz and improvised music festivals and concerts in Portugal, USA, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Poland and Romenia. He is also a member of the Nobuyasu Furuya Quintet, which has two released albums by Chitei Records e Nobusiness Records. His most recent projects are his trio earNear, with João Camões (viola) and Miguel Mira (cello), and the Clocks and Clouds' quartet, with Luís Vicente (trumpet), Hernani Faustino (bass) and Marco Franco (drums)."-Luis Vicente Website (http://luis-vicente.wixsite.com/luisvicente)
12/8/2018

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"After establishing his name during the Eighties as an electric bass guitarist in alternative rock bands, like the now legendary K4 Quadrado Azul, Hernani Faustino turned to avant-jazz and free improvised music and chose the double bass as his self-taught instrument. Two decades later of multiple interactions with Portuguese and international musicians, he's now considered one of the most intense and solid bassists in the Portuguese scene. The association he maintains with drummer Gabriel Ferrandini (RED trio, Nobuyasu Furuya Trio & Quintet, Rodrigo Amado Wire Quartet) has been pointed as a dynamic and powerful rhythm section. His visceral playing is well showed by the contortions of his face during a performance: he goes to the limits of pleasure and pain.

Music is his life: besides being a musician, he was one of the members of the label Clean Feed, considered one of the five more important on the planet in what regards jazz, and the Trem Azul Jazz Store, located in Lisbon. He also composed for theatre, produced radio programs, and wrote about music in a couple of magazines. A good part of his activity in photography is also music oriented: Faustino is one of the most accomplished stage photographers around. This says all about his passion and commitment.

Hernani Faustino's numerous meetings and collaborations with other improvisors is astonishing: John Butcher, Lotte Anker, Nate Wooley, Carlos "Zíngaro", Agustí Fernández, Sei Miguel, Rafael Toral, Jason Stein, Nuno Rebelo, Rodrigo Pinheiro, Gabriel Ferrandini, Pedro Sousa, Rodrigo Amado, Albert Cirera, Manuel Mota, Luís Lopes, Jon Irabagon, Taylor Ho Bynum, Gerard Lebik, Piotr Damasiewicz, Harris Eisenstadt, Neil Davidson, Heddy Boubaker, Gerard Lebik, Elliott Levin, Katsura Yamauchi, Mats Gustafsson, Chris Corsano, Nikolaus Gerszewski, Rob Mazurek, Reinhold Friedl, Ernesto Rodrigues, José Oliveira, Helena Espvall, Nuno Torres, Ricardo Jacinto, Blaise Siwula, Virginia Genta, Elliott Levin, Daniel Carter, Federico Ughi, Floros Floridis, Matt Bauder, Dennis González, Vítor Rua, and many more, covering a wide range from free bop to extreme experimentation, going through electroacoustic improv, reductionism and noise."

-Hernani Faustino Website, Rui Eduardo Paes (http://www.hernanifaustino.com/bio/)
12/8/2018

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"Joao Lencastre is a drummer/composer native from Lisbon. Started playing the drums at the age of 13 and he is now one of the most active and creative musicians on the Portuguese musical scene. He has played all different kinds of music, from avant garde Jazz to mainstream,Alternative Rock, Afro Beat, Reggae, Metal, World,Electronic/Dance, etc.

His interest in jazz started when he first joined the Hot Club Jazz School in 1995, where he studied with the drummer Bruno Pedroso.

Apart from Portugal, has also played in different venues around the world, including New York, Czech Republic, England, Brazil, Poland, Spain, Macau,and Panama.

Over the years, JL had extensive training and practice, in order to stay continuously up to date on new styles and improve his knowledge and skills, which included private lessons with some top drummers, either in England, with Mark Mondesir or in New York, with Ralph Peterson, Billy Kilson, Ari Hoenig and Dan Weiss.

Has played and/or recorded with David Binney, Bill Carrothers, Andre Fernandes, Mario Franco, Thomas Morgan, Jacob Sacks, Afonso Pais, Carlos Barreto, Phil Grenadier, Andre Matos, Demian Cabaud,Leo Genovese,Peter Bernstein, Masa Kamaguchi, Benny Lackner, Nelson Cascais, Spill, Joao Paulo Esteves da Silva, Vojtech Porchaska, David Doruzka, Noah Preminger, Russ Johnson, Sean Conly, Randy Ingram, Demian Cabaud, Jeremy Stratton, Tiago Bettencourt & Mantha, Blasted Mechanism, Jacinta, Cacique 97, among many others...

Lencastre has put out four records as a leader with his group Communion, "One!" and "B-Sides" on Fresh Sound/New Talent and "Sound it Out!" on TOAP Records, all with great national and international reviews on some of the most prestigious magazines, Modern Drummer, Jazz Times, Ipslon, Jazz.PT, All About Jazz, NYC Jazz Record, just to name a few...

The fourth Communion record, featuring David Binney, Phil Grenadier, Jacob Sacks, Thomas Morgan, Andre Matos, plus guests Sara Serpa, Tiago Bettencourt, Ary and Benny Lackner, came out in November 2014 on Auand Records."

-Joao Lencastre Website (http://www.joaolencastre.com/html/)
12/8/2018

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track listing:


1. Eu 12:41

2. Da 7:48

3. I 6:09

4. Mo 5:27

5. Ni 9:11

6. A 3:35
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"This second LP from José Lencastre Nau Quartet confirms a conclusion a lot of us came to after last year's debut Fragments of Always. The Portuguese ensemble is for real.

Featuring José Lencastre on alto saxophone, Rodrigo Pinheiro on piano, Hernâni Faustino on bass and João Lencastre on drums, the four-piece deliver one riveting listen after another.

Their approach to improvisational jazz is refreshingly nuanced. Too often, players in the genre know two speeds: hectic and alarmingly hectic. Nau Quartet members apply their imagination and musicianship to a range of tempos. Sometimes within an individual piece.

So even when the listening is easy, as is very much the case on the album's opener "Eu," there is still plenty of creative interplay. The more attention you give these six new tracks, the better you'll appreciate them.

That first song title may strike you as a bit cryptic. It's followed by tracks called "Da," "I" and so on, spelling out the album's title Eudaimonia. It's a Greek word sometimes translated as happiness or welfare; other times as prosperity.

A suitable title given the work's positivity. Their approach to the material expresses not just a degree of expertise (which is plainly there). It communicates a sense of almost limitless possibility, at least in the context of jazz. Lencastre and Co. have the potential to produce important, lasting work.

Meantime, they've give us another 45 minutes of much-needed inspiration."-Kevin Press, Badd Press


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