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Lencastre, Jose / Hernani Faustino / Vasco Furtado : Vento (Phonogram Unit)

A remarkable trio of active players on the Lisbon free improv scene -- José Lencastre (alto sax), Hernâni Faustino (double bass) and Vasco Furtado (drums) -- and the debut release for the Phonogram Unit label, in six collective improvisations recorded in the studio, evenly proportioned between boppish free jazz and abstract, almost chamber sonic expression; beautiful.
 

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Jose Lencastre-alto saxophone

Hernani Faustino-double bass

Vasco Furtado-drums


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Label: Phonogram Unit
Catalog ID: PU1CD
Squidco Product Code: 34174

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Fisga Studio, in Lisbon, Portugal, on November 28th, 2018, by Nuno Morao and Tiago Martins.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"It would be interesting to learn the order in which the six tracks on this recording were laid down. Not so much that it would make for a better listening experience, because this is a thrilling debut, but it would give us clues into the organization and presentation of music by this new label, Phonogram Unit.

Saxophonist Jose Lencastre's trio includes Hernâni Faustino, a first-call bassist for musicians such as Luís Lopes, Rodrigo Amado and a member of the RED Trio and Lencastre's Nau Quartet. The trio is completed by drummer Vasco Furtado, who proves more than capable in keeping a pulse while originating all manner of percussive ideas.

Opening with "Here We Go," a complete meal of improvised music, the trio works through varying time signatures, solos and instrumental techniques. Faustino begins with fat plucked notes, eventually employing energized bowing, while Lencastre pecks notes and Furtado relies on a cowbell entrance that grows into a furious pulse from his whole kit. The opening track at 12+ minutes is an entire there-and-back excursion. Should it have been sequenced at the end of this disc? Maybe, or just maybe the trio has more in store.

"Abstração" is a brief overblown saxophone statement with scraping and rattle percussion and the honeyed pulse of bass. The trio can work the busy side of improvisation "Test Drive" with its intensity or mine a quiet minimal listening experience with "Ruínas." Ending with the title track, the musicians reach an equal balance of sound. Their gentlemen's agreement allows any of the three to push and stretch in any direction and the others will accommodate."-Mark Corroto, All About Jazz


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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)
2/28/2024

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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/)
2/28/2024

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Vasco Furtado: "Born in Lisbon in 1981.

Began his musical studies at age 14. Studied at the Seixal Jazz School and Jazz school Luís Villas -Boas/Hot Club de Portugal, where he finished the course in drums. Graduated in Environmental Biology at the Faculty of Sciences of Lisbon in 2004. Later entered the Lisbon Superior School of Music, completing the course in Jazz, variant drums.

Participated in several national and international workshops where he had the opportunity to study with some of the best musicians in the world jazz scene : Jazz Workshop of Tavira, with Rez Abassi, Russ Lossing, Tony Moreno, among others ; Siena Jazz International Summer Workshop with Ambrose Akinmusire, Jeff Ballard, Avishai Cohen, Ben Street, among others .

During his study period began to actively participate in the Portuguese jazz scene, playing in different contexts and with different formations throughout the country .

In addition to this activity as " sideman " in different musical projects also participated in multi disciplinary projects , notably the composition and performance of a soundtrack for the animated film " Diary of an inspector 's record book " and conducting " in situ " of soundtracks for silent films .

Collaborated with the band O'questrada and with several rock bands / pop (Lemur , The Essay Collective and Loja das Conveniências )

Currently is working with the trio of pianist Daniel Hewson , "The Mingus Project ", led by bassist Nelson Cascais , the international collective "What about Sam" which has a scheduled edition for October by JACC Records , and JC Project, quintet led by saxophonist João Capinha , wich will edit their first album in mid-May .Also collaborates regularly with musicians like Victor Zamora, Jorge Reis, Ricardo Toscano, Roberto Negro, Luís Vicente, Federico Pascucci, André Santos , among others .

Is part of the resident trio in the jam sessions at the Cultural Collective "Bacalhoeiro".

Since October 2013 is drum teacher at the School of Arts of the Alentejo Litoral."

-Drawing Music By Hand (https://drawingmusicbyhand.wordpress.com/vasco-furtado/)
2/28/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Here We Go 12:18

2. Abstracao 4:17

3. Test Drive 13:11

4. Keep Going 5:16

5. Ruinas 10:46

6. Vento 6:49

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Improvised Music
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