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Calcanhar (Mortagua  / Azevedo): Jump (Clean Feed)

The project name chosen by the duo of Portuguese improvisers, saxophonist Joao Mortagua and pianist Carlos Azevedo, translates to "heel", which they explain "represents the footprint we leave behind as we navigate a constantly evolving musical path", heard in 14 succinct improvisations that balance implicitly lyrical dialog with unconventional and often mischievous technique.
 

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Joao Mortagua-alto saxophone, soprano saxophone

Carlos Azevedo-piano


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UPC: 5609063006476

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF647CD
Squidco Product Code: 34154

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded by Suse Ribeiro.

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"Leading figures from Porto's vibrant jazz scene, saxophonist João Mortágua and pianist Carlos Azevedo, aka Calcanhar, announce their recording debut as a duo with the release of Jump, a full-of-beans feast of playful, telekinetic dialogue, chock-a-block with unfettered improvisations and freewheeling imaginative flights.

Often divining inspiration from paintings and poems, Calcanhar opt here for a totally spontaneous approach, Mortágua and Azevdeo drawing on their backgrounds in jazz and classical music, as well as time spent together in the Mazam quartet (whose sophomore album, Pilgrimage, was issued on Clean Feed in 2022), to zero in via the prism of an intensely-focused one-hour recording session, the pair's virtuosity and unquenchable creativity, refracted through a helter-skelter of hopscotching post-bop refrains, melancholic blues-indebted leitmotifs, and impish, infectious exchange.

'Jump' harnesses an in-the-moment vivacity of a bountiful 60-minute summit, preserving its authenticity without edits or any post-production shenanigans, the tracks curated in the exact order they were recorded, testifying to Mortágua's and Azevedo's abundant ingenuity, versatility and lightening mastery of contrasting colours, timbres and moods.

Calcanhar translates as 'heel', and the sobriquet serves as a fitting allegory for the pair's flagrant defiance of customary musical boundaries, a modus operandi unperturbed by the tyrannies of aesthetic bias. "The name Calcanhar, or Heel, perfectly encapsulate the essence of this project," explains Azevedo. "It represents the footprint we leave behind as we navigate a constantly evolving musical path." "-Clean Feed


Artist Biographies

"With his own very personal view of jazz, João Mortágua has rapidly established himself as one of the most complete and challenging modern-day saxophonists in Portugal. His elegant compositions offer space both for solo improvisation and mesmerizing group dynamics. Mortágua recorded his first album "Janela" in 2014. Recently, he published "MIRRORS" (Live at Guimarães Jazz) and "AXES"."

-Joao Mortagua Bandcamp (https://joaomortagua.bandcamp.com/)
2/28/2024

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"Carlos Azevedo (b. 1964, Vila Real) is a portuguese composer also active as a jazz conductor and pianist. Since 1997, he has been active as composer, conductor and pianist for the Matosinhos Jazz Orchestra, and is also leader of the Carlos Azevedo Ensemble. In 2001, his work "In Motion" was played by the Porto Symphony Orchestra in honor of Porto being the European Cultural Capital. He received a Highly Commended prize at the British and International Bass Forum Composition Contest 2001 and won The Brussels Jazz Orchestra International Composition Contest in 2004. Carlos Azevedo is currently a teacher of Analysis at the Escola Superior de Musica e Artes do Espectáculo in Porto."

-Editions Bim (https://www.editions-bim.com/composers/carlos-azevedo)
2/28/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Exordium 4:22

2. Disruption 1:22

3. Undercover 2:47

4. Robustness of Financial Systems 3:59

5. A Sense Of Timing 0:59

6. Foggy 2:54

7. Elementary Exercises 2:18

8. Circle 2:47

9. Another Time 3:12

10. Happy End 4:06

11. Easy Joke 3:02

12. Develop Awareness In... 3:56

13. A Vital Piece Of Information 2:48

14. Perplexed Look 1:57

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Clean Feed
Improvised Music
Jazz
Free Improvisation
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
Melodic and Lyrical Jazz
Piano & Keyboards
Recordings by or featuring Reed & Wind Players
Duo Recordings
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