L.U.M.E., aka the Lisbon Underground Music Ensemble directed by pianist Marco Barroso, is a big band with a chamber ensemble feeling, Barroso's upbeat and melodically sophisticated compositions driving the band by borrowing from a variety of jazz, funk and even cartoon-like styles to create a richly complex and compelling set of tunes that twist, turn and surprise.
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Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF577CD
Squidco Product Code: 31146
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recording and production: Joaquim Monte, Bernardo Centeno e Francisca River, at Namouche Studios, Lisbon, Portugal. Mixed by Joaquim Monte at Namouche StudiosMastered Simon Wadsworth at Namouche Studios.
Marco Barroso-composition, direction, piano
Manuel Luis Cochofel-flute
Paulo Gaspar-soprano clarinet
Joao Pedro Silva-soprano saxophone
Tomas Marques-alto saxophone
Mateja Dolsak-tenor saxophone
Elmano Coelho-baritone saxophone
Ruben da Luz-trombone
Miguel Amado-eletric bass
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1. AM Phantasies, Pt. 1 1:16
2. AM Phantasies, Pt. 2 1:22
3. AM Phantasies, Pt. 3 2:51
4. AM Phantasies, Pt. 4 2:15
5. AM Phantasies, Pt. 5 2:38
6. AM Phantasies, Pt. 6 0:30
7. Bugalu 7:39
8. Cleptofonie Fantastique 8:15
9. Dr. Tulp 4:32
10. Isto 0:06
11. Las Californias 4:51
12. Shroomdinger 6:35
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"Marco Barroso's L.U.M.E. ("fire" in English, but in truth the acronym of Lisbon Underground Music Ensemble) comes back with a reformulated alignment of musicians and a new collection of compositions challenging the jazz big band format with a chamber ensemble feeling and lots of funk-rock grooves.
The coordinates are the same as before in this third opus, but they come in "Las Californias" both refreshed and matured. It seems a paradox, but as the most Anarchist of proverbs declare: paradoxes are liberating. Time and experience solidify an idea and it's simultaneously the condition to make something new with old ingredients.
Barroso renews the jazz orchestral patterns introducing classical materials and urban popular flavors on it: that's what L.U.M.E. made a difference at the start. Now he also renews his own formulas, taking the resulting music to other destinies, opening its paths from where they seemed to end. Doing that, he manages to create mind puzzling pieces that also invite you to dance, which is an achievement in itself."-Clean Feed
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