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Jazz en la Web review by Soyo

Scott Fields Freetet – Bitter Love Songs [CF 102] ****
Scott Fields es un guitarrista que demuestra particular atención por la composición y los arreglos, empleando ensambles con formaciones poco frecuentes para una banda de jazz. Dicho ésto, su Scott Fields Freetet es un trio de guitarra. Claro está, que dista de ser uno convencional. La aproximación de Fields a su instrumento es similar a la de Joe Morris, tocando líneas de notas individuales crispadas, cortantes, plenas de staccato, que en Bitter Love Songs, nombre del álbum objeto de esta reseña, son ejecutadas en un medio tiempo hasta desencadenarse, espasmódicamente, como torrentes a gran velocidad. La base rítmica que componen el contrabajista alemán Sebastian Gramss y el baterista portugués João Lobo sigue de cerca al líder, entablando un diálogo que manifiesta alteración, irritación, enojo. Semejante exposición encuentra sentido en el eje temático del disco que son las sensaciones tras una separación. Sólo “I was good enough for you until your friends butted in” es interpretada en forma más lenta y refleja un cierto sinsabor. Los nombres de los temas son muy graciosos y se tratan de esxpresiones en tono sarcástico dirigidas a una ex-pareja. Es una pena que la guitarra de jazz no sea más apreciada en un rol protagónico a excepción de aquellas bandas asociadas a la parafernalia del jazz-rock, lo que permitiría valorar en mayor medida el aporte de un artista como Scott Fields, quien continúa añadiendo peldaños a la evolución del instrumento.
http://www.jazzparadescargar.blogspot.pt/

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Jazz Dimensions review by Michael Freerix

Carlos Bica + Matéria Prima (CF 180)
Musiker aus Portugal spielen in Europa keine große Rolle, schon gar nicht, wenn sich ihr Lebensmittelpunkt in Berlin befindet und sie vor allem mit deutschen Musikern arbeiten. Carlos Bica ist da wohl die Ausnahme. In den achtziger Jahren arbeitete Bassist und Komponist Bica mit Maria João zusammen und wurde 1998 in Portugal zum Jazzmusiker des Jahres gekürt. Er gilt als einer der bedeutendsten Jazzmusiker Portugals, was dazu führt, das Bica mit unterschiedlichen Formationen die Welt bereist hat.

Nun klingt die Musik von Bica nicht sehr portugiesisch, ist sie doch von Musikern wie Ry Cooder oder Marc Ribot beeinflusst. Möglicherweise ist dies der Grund dafür, dass diese Live-Aufnahmen von 2008 erst jetzt, drei Jahre nach ihrer Entstehung, regulär veröffentlicht werden.

Das liegt nicht an den zehn Titeln auf diesem, einfach “Carlos Bica + Matéria-Prima” betitelten Album. Ganz im Gegenteil, Bica hat erstklassige Mitspieler und spielt wunderschönen Jazz mit südamerikanischem Flair.
http://www.jazzdimensions.de/reviews/jazz/2011/bica_materia.html

Burning Ambulance review by Phil Freeman

Hugo Antunes – Roll Call (CF 197)
Portuguese bassist Hugo Antunes wrote all the tunes on this album, his debut for the Clean Feed label, and it’s ferocious. It swings hard, it’s produced beautifully, and the ensemble is empathetic and aggressive at once. It’s a concise statement—six tracks in 44 minutes, including two takes of “Anfra.” The band is interesting; a two-reed front line (Daniele Martini and Toine Thys, the former on tenor saxophone, the latter on tenor and soprano saxes and bass clarinet), Antunes on bass and two drummers, João Lobo and Marek Patrman. (The liner notes don’t indicate which drummer is in the left channel and which the right.)

The music is largely post-Ornette post-bop; Antunes is a powerful bassist, as he’s gotta be if he’s gonna be the only chordal instrument in the whole ensemble. He pulls the strings like a young Charles Mingus; there are multiple passages during which echoes of “Haitian Fight Song” or “II B.S.” seem to drift through. At other times, he strums the bass like a huge guitar, the way Jimmy Garrison used to behind John Coltrane. Meanwhile, the two saxophonists play not just simultaneously, but together, working their way through intricate melody lines and conversing on the fly. The music occasionally drifts into ultra-free improv that sounds like it should have a capital I, but things always wind up back where they belong, in the realm of muscular, swinging jazz. Lobo and Patrman hit hard when that’s what’s called for, and play off each other very well at all times. Their rhythmic dance is easily the most interesting part of many moments here.

There’s not a whole lot to say about an album like this. Strong compositions, well played by a sympathetic and talented ensemble that, despite being assembled for the date (from multiple countries), comes together with a surety and a sense of common purpose that’s just wildly enjoyable to hear. It would be a very good thing indeed if this ensemble continued to work together in the future, both live and in the studio.
http://burningambulance.com/2011/01/

All About Jazz-Italy review by Libero Farnè

Hugo Antunes – Roll Call (CF 197)Valutazione: 4 stelle
Il catalogo Clean Feed, uno dei più vasti e coerenti nella documentazione di certo avant jazz attuale, raccoglie e spesso fa interagire esponenti americani ed europei. Alcune sedute d’incisione riportano gruppi ben consolidati o situazioni di particolare consistenza progettuale, altre sembrano documentare sodalizi più occasionali con esiti oscillanti. Roll Call, registrato in uno studio di Bruxelles in data non precisata, sembra collocarsi a metà strada fra queste due categorie. Senza rientrare fra le cose indispensabili dell’etichetta portoghese, la qualità della musica, l’attualità e l’onestà culturale dell’approccio testimoniano tuttavia l’alto livello medio raggiunto appunto dalla Clean Feed.
Il CD costituisce il biglietto da visita di Hugo Antunes, nato in Portogallo nel 1974 ma formatosi musicalmente anche in Belgio e altrove. Come contrabbassista non appartiene alla categoria dei virtuosi, ma possiede un drive pulsante ed efficace; si dimostra inoltre compositore aggiornato, in linea con certe esperienze attuali, e leader sensibile, capace di innescare la motivazione dei partner.

L’impianto tematico di “Dukkha” è abbastanza semplice, ma viene nobilitato e sviluppato in modo mosso dall’intreccio dialogante dei due bravi sassofonisti e dalla trama ritmica, incalzante e variata negli accenti, fornita dai due batteristi, João Lobo e Marek Patrman, il primo dei quali ben noto in Italia per aver militato nei gruppi di Giovanni Guidi. Il ricorso a due ance e a due batterie costituisce appunto la scelta vincente di Antunes, permettendogli di impostare una griglia strutturale e timbrica che qualifica la musica in tutto l’arco del CD.

“Roll Call” è caratterizzato da una sequenza di brevi sezioni diverse: si passa dell’iniziale fosco e statico brulicare collettivo ad episodi ossessivamente martellanti, ad altri dallo swing più jazzistico. L’incipit di “Høyspenning” e di “Anfra” è affidato al contrabbasso del leader per poi addentrarsi subito in mosse evoluzioni. A differenza che negli altri brani, in “Einfach,” dall’incedere lento e decantato, si dà maggior peso alla scrittura ed all’arrangiamento, che in questo caso divengono elementi vincolanti.
http://italia.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=6172

Lira review by Leif Carlsson

Hugo Antunes – Roll Call (CF 197)
Eurofri jazz. Två träblås, två trumslagare och så ledarenoch basisten Hugo Antunes. Som Malachi Favors i de tidigaArt Ensemble of Chicago står han med fötterna djupt icentrum av denna kvintett från Portugal, Italien, Belgienoch Tjeckien.De spelar en fri jazz med rötter i sextiotalet. Antunes sexkompositioner är ett slags stommar att bygga på. Detamerikanska smälter ihop med ett nutida Europa, särskilthos slagverken. Musiken resonerar som Archie Sheppkunde göra på den tiden med sin inblandning av nyakärvare insikter i det välkända. Blåsarna konverserar meddig som lyssnare och håller sig i normalregistret. Trummorna kompletterar varandra ochspelar luftigt och utan trängsel. Bandet kringlar sig framåt melodiskt, ett oslipat kollektivsom hellre vill kommunicera än fila på sin yta.

Burning Ambulance review by Phil Freeman

Hugo Antunes – Roll Call (CF 197)
Portuguese bassist Hugo Antunes wrote all the tunes on this album, his debut for the Clean Feed label, and it’s ferocious. It swings hard, it’s produced beautifully, and the ensemble is empathetic and aggressive at once. It’s a concise statement—six tracks in 44 minutes, including two takes of “Anfra.” The band is interesting; a two-reed front line (Daniele Martini and Toine Thys, the former on tenor saxophone, the latter on tenor and soprano saxes and bass clarinet), Antunes on bass and two drummers, João Lobo and Marek Patrman. (The liner notes don’t indicate which drummer is in the left channel and which the right.)

The music is largely post-Ornette post-bop; Antunes is a powerful bassist, as he’s gotta be if he’s gonna be the only chordal instrument in the whole ensemble. He pulls the strings like a young Charles Mingus; there are multiple passages during which echoes of “Haitian Fight Song” or “II B.S.” seem to drift through. At other times, he strums the bass like a huge guitar, the way Jimmy Garrison used to behind John Coltrane. Meanwhile, the two saxophonists play not just simultaneously, but together, working their way through intricate melody lines and conversing on the fly. The music occasionally drifts into ultra-free improv that sounds like it should have a capital I, but things always wind up back where they belong, in the realm of muscular, swinging jazz. Lobo and Patrman hit hard when that’s what’s called for, and play off each other very well at all times. Their rhythmic dance is easily the most interesting part of many moments here.

There’s not a whole lot to say about an album like this. Strong compositions, well played by a sympathetic and talented ensemble that, despite being assembled for the date (from multiple countries), comes together with a surety and a sense of common purpose that’s just wildly enjoyable to hear. It would be a very good thing indeed if this ensemble continued to work together in the future, both live and in the studio.
http://burningambulance.com/2011/01/21/hugo-antunes/

Le Son du Grisli review by Pierre Cécile

Hugo Antunes – Roll Call (CF 197)
Jusqu’à la semaine dernière, je ne savais rien d’Hugo Antunes, ce contrebassiste portugais fier comme un rock qui en appelle au roll (le jeu de mots est tout trouvé parce que Roll Call est un disque de jazz musculeux !).

Pas de romantisme en vogue et jamais d’exagération chez Antunes. Plutôt des rondeurs généreuses qui vont bien au jazz qu’il joue avec Daniele Martini et Toine Thys aux saxophones & Joao Lobo et Marek Patrman aux batteries. Le secret est-il dans la présence de ces deux batteurs ? Peut-être, le tout est que cette musique coule de source, est agréable à entendre et si l’on veut intéressante à décortiquer. Antunes met sa jeunesse et sa fougue au service du jazz et le résultat est surprenant…
http://grisli.canalblog.com/archives/2011/01/13/20113641.html