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Sousa, Pedro Alves / Rodrigo Pinheiro / Gabriel Ferrandini : Cloud At Rest (Phonogram Unit)

An exemplary album of thoughtful free improv from the trio of tenor saxophonist Pedro Alves Sousa with 2/3's of Red Trio--pianist Rodrigo Pinheiro and drummer Gabriel Ferrandini--recorded after a five day residency at the Goethe-Institut Lisbon, the band finding new approaches to playing to distance themselves from the typically fast & energetic music they are often associated with.
 

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Pedro Sousa-tenor saxophone

Rodrigo Pinheiro-piano

Gabriel Ferrandini-drums, percussion


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Label: Phonogram Unit
Catalog ID: PU12CD
Squidco Product Code: 34185

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Goethe Institut, in Lisboa , Portugal, on November 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th and 29th, 2019, by Rodrigo Pinheiro.

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"Recorded over four days in Portugal's Goethe Institute in November, 2019, this captures a highly interactive trio made up of distinguished Lisbon improvisers with a significant shared history. Pianist Rodrigo Pinheiro and drummer Gabriel Ferrandini began their partnership in the Red Trio with bassist Hernani Faustino in 2008. When they recorded their tenth anniversary Celebration Band (No Business), tenor saxophonist Pedro Alves Sousa was among the saxophonists. Sousa appears in Ferrandini's trio Volúpias (Clean Feed); Luís Lopes' nine-member Lisbon Freedom Unit (Clean Feed) included all three, as does the recently released 2012 workshop orchestra, Evan Parker "X-Jazz Ensemble," playing A Schist Story (JACC). Sousa and Ferrandini have also played as a duo, happily dubbed Peter/Gabriel.

That degree of familiarity contributes much to the spacious ease that characterizes the music heard here. During his evolution as a drummer, Ferrandini has increasingly emphasized a light, spare, rapid approach, the movement and sound of his sticks suggesting twigs or knitting needles, while Pinheiro's fluent creative lines and clusters possess a similar quality. If the two suggest a suspension of gravity, Sousa presents a refined counterbalance, his tenor sound and line sometimes suggesting Evan Parker, to subtle to be often cited as a style marker. It's a warmly hollow, slightly muted sound in which the high frequencies are seemingly rolled off, brightness instead emerging in a highly mobile, free line that comfortably leaps intervals and registers.

The CD jacket provides a strong visual correlative to the music, an image of a gold nugget floating in dark space with clouds floating overhead; the back cover depicts an exploding gold nugget, all attributed to Francis Bacon with Clouds by Caravaggio. The eight episodic titles derive from this:

"Exploding", "Nugget", 'Francis", "Clouds", "Background', "Caravaggio", "Shining", "Crystal".

There's substantial variation here. "Clouds", a mere 2'24", is a complex yet lyrical piano piece for its first 90 seconds before Sousa, and then Ferrandini, enter; similarly brief, "Background" has an initial statement by Sousa before the others enter. The concluding "Crystal" runs to ten minutes, but it has a developing structure in which solos, duets and trios present contrasting segments.

The group creates complex space by contrasting density and pace: "Caravaggio" has a stretch of slow, intensely percussive piano and rapid-fire tenor to create tension. 'Shining" has a single multiphonic tenor blast as interlude to a moody piano exploration. The ultimate effect of these pieces combines the perpetuity of great architecture with the shorthand communication of a friend, a dance between the instantaneous and the eternal.

It's a genuinely open event in the art of improvisation, a rich stream of dialogue in a fluid language."-Stuart Broomer, The Free Jazz Collective


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Artist Biographies

Pedro Sousa is a Portuguese improviser, jazz saxophonist and guitarist, known for the groups Pedro Sousa, Johan Berthling & Gabriel Ferrandini; Canzana; EITR; Falaise (2); ikb; OTO; Po; Rajada.

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/560912-Pedro-Sousa)
2/28/2024

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"Rodrigo Pinheiro was born in 1973 in Covilhã, a small town in the center of Portugal. He started learning the piano when he was five at the Conservatory of Covilhã and later at the Conservatory of Lisbon until he was eighteen. He soon got involved with the free Portuguese improvisation scene, having played with Américo Rodrigues, José Oliveira, Nuno Rebelo, Rodrigo Amado, Luís Desirat, Bruno Parrinha or Ernesto Rodrigues. Pinheiro's intuitive approach to improvisation and exploration of the piano timbres, using both classical and extensive techniques, makes his music energic, polyrhythmic and full of contrasts. Moreover, he has honed his technique at workshops of improvisa- tion and composition where he has played with virtuous names, such as Carlos Zíngaro, Peter Kowald, Gunther Muller or Patrick Brennan. He has also performed with several musicians, like Hiroshi Kobayashi, Cristin Wilboltz, Nathan Fuhr, Blaise Siwula, Per Anders Nilsson, John Zorn, Nobuyasu Furuya, Jason Stein, Nate Wooley, John Butcher, Lotte Anker, Joe McPhee, Keir Neuringer, among others. In 2010 Pinheiro formed his project RED Trio, with Hernâni Faustino (bass) and Gabriel Ferrandini (drums). The band has recorded four albums with Clean Feed and Nobusiness Records and performed live at jazz and improvised music festivals and concerts in Portugal, USA, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Poland and Romenia. He is also a member of the Nobuyasu Furuya Quintet, which has two released albums by Chitei Records e Nobusiness Records. His most recent projects are his trio earNear, with João Camões (viola) and Miguel Mira (cello), and the Clocks and Clouds' quartet, with Luís Vicente (trumpet), Hernani Faustino (bass) and Marco Franco (drums)."-Luis Vicente Website (http://luis-vicente.wixsite.com/luisvicente)
2/28/2024

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"He started playing drums at fourteen, when he took up his musical studies at the Crescendo School in São João do Estoril, near Lisbon. At nineteen, he made studies at the Hot Clube Portugal, where he stayed for a year and a half. In 2006 he entered the Academia de Amadores de Música where he studies to this day with Alexandre Frazão as his master. In 2007 he did a workshop with the drummer Paal Nilssen-Love.

Towards the end of 2007 and to date he has taken part in various concerts with multiple projects alongside artists and ensembles like: Nobuyasu Furuya Trio, Rodrigo Amado Motion Trio, Alípio C. Neto, Carlos Zíngaro, DJ Ride, Variable Geometry Orchestra, Riot Trio, Luís Lopes Duo, John Butcher, Jason Stein, Jon Irabagon, Ernesto Rodrigues Septet and the Nikolaus Gerszewski Ensemble."

-Gulbenkian Music (https://gulbenkian.pt/musica/en/biography/gabriel-ferrandini-2/)
2/28/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Exploding 6:12

2. Nugget 11:18

3. Francis 4:32

4. Clouds 2:26

5. Background 2:43

6. Caravaggio 5:26

7. Shining 5:37

8. Crystal 9:59

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