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After a free jazz investment for many years, now something entirely different. Avant-garde? Composer / improviser Rob Brown says it’s an irrelevant categorization nowadays. Instead of the conventional sax-bass-drums combo of the New Thing, “Sounds” gives us an alternative combination of alto saxophone with a cello (Daniel Levin) and Japanese taiko percussion set (Satoshi Takeishi), for a quieter, more open, exotic and abstract music performance than the ones usually labelled as jazz. Abstract, we said? Not always: “Tibetan Folk Song” is what the title says, “Moment of Pause” is a ballad, and the three-part suite “Sounds” was conceived for a Nancy Zendora choreography, and you know how dance need time references to construct in space. And you still have “Stutter Step”, a reminder of the free jazz convictions of Mr. Brown, a long-time partner of musicians like William Parker, Matthew Shipp, Joe Morris and Whit Dickey. So, here is one of those situations in which you have a trio of liberated jazz musicians playing their own music. Is it avant-garde? Is it abstract? Does these words matter anymore?
Wishfull Thinking – “Wishfull Thinking” CF077
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.
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4 Corners, The quartet formed by Adam Lane, Ken Vandermark, Magnus Broo and Paal Nilssen-Love will be in Portugal for 2 release parties of it´s latest CD named after the formation, the first apearance will be in Braga and after that Lisbon.
We will post here some images from the Lisbon concert as soon as possible.