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Lencastre, Jose / Hernani Faustino / Vasco Furtado : Forces In Motion (Phonogram Unit)

The second trio release from alto saxophonist Jose Lencastre, Hernâni Faustino (Red Trio) here on electric bass and drummer Vasco Furtado, three Portuguese improvisers whose continued work together adds strength to their collective improvisation, heard in five pieces recorded live in the warm space of the Espírito Santo Church in Caldas da Rainha in Western Portugal.
 

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Jose Lencastre-alto saxophone

Hernani Faustino-electric bass

Vasco Furtado-drums


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Label: Phonogram Unit
Catalog ID: PU9CD
Squidco Product Code: 34182

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Igreja do espirito Santo, in Caldas da Rainha, Portugal, on October 15th, 2020, by Ricardo Pimentel.

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"After the acclaimed first recording of "Vento" by the trio Jose Lencastre, Hernani Faustino and Vasco Furtado, now comes a new chapter with Forces in Motion. Performed absent of an audience in an empty church and broadcasted live for a radio program by Osso Colectivo, the music carries a strong sense for searching and risk. Faustino this time takes up the electric bass, Lencastre's alto saxophone is breathtaking and melodic, and Furtado's drums are always a surprise with organic and fundamental details. The sound reveals a new dimension. Intriguing music, focused, quiet, strong and with beautiful colours."-Phonogram Unit



"The trio is Lencastre on alto saxophone, Hernâni Faustino on electric bass (to date, I have known Faustino as an double bassist with acoustic groups like the RED Trio), and drummer Vasco Furtado. The first album, Vento, was reviewed by Stuart Broomer here and he points out the 'expressionist potential' of the group. This spirit continues to thrive on Forces in Motion, and perhaps is even intensified through Faustino's approach to the electric bass, in which the round tones of the double bass are replaced with dry, staccato notes, articulated in the mix and making the ground feel more ephemeral.

The album opens quietly, with a splash of cymbals and then through an extended welling of sound. The six minutes of 'Dust' rises and falls without ever kicking up too much of a cloud, though it never settles either. It leads to the 13 minute 'Point of departure,' which is a showcase of jittery bass work and complimentary drumming. Lencastre probes the craggy contours and in turn weaves an expressive melody. The tempo picks up as the track progresses, Faustino plays a counter melody, while Furtado responds with cracking stick-work. Lencastre is quick, he bobs and weaves throughout the buzzing rhythm work. The pieces reaches a breaking point and the three retreat. The third track, 'Cascade' picks up with the exploratory sound of Faustino's bass, augmented by electronics. The drums and sax soon come in, Lencastre plays a searching melody and Furtado leans into the tom-toms. The three explore a deliberate theme that eventually builds to an intense apex. Lencastre, even when getting into the altissimo register, doesn't force his instrument, rather his sound is propelled by the centrifugal forces of the rhythm. This both holds true too on the next long piece "Lava Flow" that begins exploratory and builds to a peak with red hot melodic rivulets streaming down its sides.

The work of the trio on Forces in Motion is highly enjoyable. Accessible and energetic, at times exploratory and others awash in pulse and melody."-Paul Acquaro, The Free Jazz Collective


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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)
4/10/2024

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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/)
4/10/2024

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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/)
4/10/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Dust 06:24

2. Points of departure 13:41

3. Cascade 12:53

4. Lava flow 13:53

5. Jellyfish sea 10:10

6. End song 02:42

Related Categories of Interest:


Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
Jazz
Collective Free Improvsation
Trio Recordings
New in Improvised Music

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