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Phantom Trio (Tavares / Almeida / Martins): #00 (Creative Sources)

An excellent jazz album using diverse styles bridging free and lyrical playing from the trio of Sergio Tavares (bass), Fabio Almeida (sax) and Joao Martins (drums), playing in and out of the jazz idiom and augmenting Almeida's sax with electronics in compelling ways.

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Sergio Tavares-doublebass

Fabio Almeida-alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, electronics

Joao Martins-drums

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UPC: 5609063403602

Label: Creative Sources
Catalog ID: cs360
Squidco Product Code: 22066

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded on May 2nd and 3rd, 2015, by Alexandre Moreira.

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"When the disc begins, we find a free jazz trio "the way", but soon this impression crumbles. The brief "Spontaneous # 1" collapses with an electronic eruption and what comes immediately afterwards is something else: brings us to the Nordic landscape, with Fabio Almeida, saxophonist, to oppose one garbarekiano universe to the previous sound-type Ornette Coleman. "Córculo" too quickly passes, however, and what comes next, with the electrified sax and a "groove" funk, makes it an allusion, and this time Michael Brecker. By this time we realized that the Phantom Trio is playing with the jazz references. And us. But wait ... This "# 00" is a record of Creative Sources, one of the most important record labels of "new school" of improvisation, right? Right. This can only mean that mood, a mood somewhat distorted (should I say "sarcasm"?), Here is a well-planned and staged motivation. "Colonel Meow", which is running a few minutes longer than the previous parts, is transformed into a kind of free funk, recovering a bit from what we had heard from the beginning, and it starts to heat up.

Almeida, who knew the Pãodemónio and an association with Hugo Carvalhais, and its partners, bassist Sergio Tavares and drummer John Martins, look, anyway, do not go immediately into the red. The second "Spontaneous" alignment works as a cool cloth on the forehead already burning with fever - is totally improvised, it is formally free, but it is also soothing. And quiet comes later, the "Ballad in the Void", happening as a Europeanized perspective of Jimmy Giuffre world. But, however, the simple fun was put aside. This is real and it sounds good as shit. Soon after, "Juniper" appears in jazz-rock like "unplugged" with "riffs" restless and ride longer without reins. Almeida shows again that is a musician well above average abilities, but even better is the solo bass: Tavares is magnificent. In this theme, the game of influences is forgotten and you enter more for music without eye winks. In "Misconception" is completely defined Phantom identity, with subsequent "Lacrau" (in Latin beat), "Spontaneous # 3" (geometric approach) and "Magma" (precious, attempts to fight fire with fire by part of Sergio Tavares) to solidify it. The disc has the motto one Bachelard poem about the weather, and because of these verses: "There is no doubt que Team Could be reborn, / but first it needs to die." Message understood."-Rui Eduardo Paes, Jazz Pt (translated by Google)

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"Fábio Almeida, renowned musician and composer/arranger of Jazz in the new Portuguese generation, based in Porto, was born in Paris and grew up in Vila Real, where he had his first contact with the saxophone. Graduated in Jazz by the Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Porto and Master in Music Teaching by the same, he has numerous high-profile musical collaborations such as: Hugo Carvalhais, João Martins, Mário Costa, Liudas Mockunas, Ralph Alessi, Jacam Manricks, George Colligan, Josh Ginsburg, Samir Zarif, Lars Dietrich, John Escreet, Zack Lober, Greg Ritchie, Tiago Nacarato, António Zambujo, Salvador Sobral, Bárbara Tinoco, Marta Ren, Souls of Fire, Mundo Secreto, HMB, among others, with whom he shared some of the most beautiful concert halls in Portugal and Europe. His musical compositions stand out (as leader or co-leader) for Phantom Trio, Pãodemonio, Orquestra Bamba Social and Tiago Nacarato. He is currently a professor of Saxophone and Improvisation at the Pallco Conservatory (Porto) and at the Calouste Gulbenkian Music Conservatory (Aveiro)."

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Track Listing:

1. Espontaneo I 1:45

2. Corculo 2:34

3. Colonel Meow 9:18

4. Espontaneo 2 4:01

5. Balada No Vazio 7:50

6. Zimbro 7:24

7. Equivoco 4:18

8. Lacrau 8:34

9. Espontaneo 3 4:10

10. Magma 7:03

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