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Wishful Thinking (Krieger / Neto / Maguire / Freitas / Goncalves: Wishful Thinking (Clean Feed)


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product information:

UPC: 5609063000788

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF078
Squidco Product Code: 7997

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2007
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardstock foldover


Johannes Krieger-trumpet

Alipio C Neto-tenor saxophone

Alex Maguire-piano

Ricardo Freitas-electric bass

Rui Goncalves-drums

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Alex Maguire, piano. "b. 6 January 1959, Croydon, Surrey, England. Maguire remembers improvising at the piano before he received any lessons, which began at the age of eight. He studied music at the University of London and gained a BA degree; he also took lessons from Wanda Jeziorska, Andrew Ball, and Howard Riley. He names as his inspiration a number of respected figures in the free improvising scene, such as Tony Oxley and Evan Parker, as well as jazz players Cecil Taylor and Eric Dolphy. Maguire says he is interested in 'pre-literate music, anything original rather than imitative (irrespective of idiom)'. He has studied with classical composers John Cage and Michael Finnissy and his arsenal of techniques and figures, which stretch from avant garde classical piano to jazz, from kwela to R&B, has made him much in demand. His sympathy as an accompanist is only matched by his imagination, perverse and frequently humorous. He formed a partnership with drummer Steve Noble and played with him at Company Week 1989. He has also worked with Tony Oxley's Celebration Orchestra and Sean Bergin's MOB groups, and toured with his own nine-piece, the Cat O' Nine Tails, featuring drummer Louis Moholo and saxophonist Alan Wilkinson. Of particular note are his appearances on recordings by reed player Michael Moore, 1999's Mt. Olympus and 2001's White Widow. Maguire also plays with Elton Dean (saxophone), Fred T Baker (bass) and Liam Genockey (drums) in the free jazz quartet Psychic Warrior."

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track listing:

1. Hina's Fate (Alípio C Neto)

2. John's Fragment (Alex Maguire)

3. Zombra (Ricardo Freitas)

4.Buffalo Bill (Alex Maguire)

5. 443 (Johannes Krieger)

6. Urs's Epitaph - DER HIRT (Alípio C Neto)

in memoriam Urs Zuber

7. Eléctrico 28 (Alípio C Neto)

8. Bundawar (Johannes Krieger)

9. Ao lunaj (Ricardo Freitas)

10. Shi Jing (Alípio C Neto)
descriptions, reviews, &c.

"To begin with - and we always begin listening a record by reading its title and the names of the tracks -, a glance to the cover of this disc informs us of a situation of conflict. The international outfit formed by Alípio Carvalho Neto (Brazil), Johannes Krieger (Germany), Alex Maguire (United Kingdom), Ricardo Freitas (Portugal) and Rui Gonçalves (Portugal) calls itself Wishful Thinking, the mental capacity to project our most ambitious desires. But the title of the CD is not so positive: "Wishful Thinking" tell us that music, since its inception when human beings were more close to nature and the animal kingdom, is a privileged way (because it needs no words) to express pain, frustration, rage and sadness. Truth is there's an inner logic in this apparent paradox, because it's precisely our melancholy that enables us to think about perfect societies of milk and honey. The music played by this quintet is the conciliation of the two forces that drive human conscience: one makes us look forward, the other pushes us to protest, and lament, and shout in anger. So, there's tears ("Urs's Epitaph - Der Hirt", Alípio's tribute to a departed friend) and laughter (Maguire's "Buffalo Bill") here, and that's fine. Good hard bop with a funky electric bass and a wild piano going from the stride tradition to God knows where, that's what you have here. Take it."-Clean Feed

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Clean Feed
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April 2007
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