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Tuba Journal review by Kelly Thomas

TGB – Evil Things (CF 181)
Evil Things, the new album by TGB has once again released an album that will turn the tuba/euphonium community on their ear. The players for this project are the same as the first album: Sérgio Carolino, Mário Delgado, and Alexandre Frazão. The instrumentation is tuba, guitars (also dobro) and drums. One of the top guitarists of the Portuguese music scene, Delgado is an assumed heir of the Jimi Hendrix legacy. Also one of the master drummers in Portugal, Brazilian percussionist Frazão established his name in various musical idioms, from world music to drum‘n’bass. This album has taken several other popular songs and adapted them to this unique ensemble. Music from Black Sabbath (“Planet Caravan”), Deep Purple (“The Mule”), and Bill Evans (“Interplay”) are on this album. The recording varies from their first album in that the music is a little more unexpected and requires deep listening. Similar to the first recording is that the playing is of the highest quality. Every time I hear Sérgio Carolino play, I am reminded of not only of his obvious mastery of the tuba but also his mastery of so many varied musical styles. He is a true elite musician who happens to play thetuba.!

Jazz.pt review by António Branco

TGB – Evil Things (CF 181)
Classificação: 4 em 5
“Quando, há pouco mais de meia dúzia de anos, um OMNI (leia-se Objecto Musical Não Identificado) chamado TGB aterrou com estrondo bem no meio do cinzento planeta jazzístico nacional, as ondas de surpresa não se fizeram esperar. Aos comandos de tão estranho aparelho estavam Mário Delgado, Alexandre Frazão e Sérgio Carolino. Se os dois primeiros já eram senhores de sólida reputação, o último explodia como tubista de primeira água. Quem procurou determinar a proveniência do dito objecto cedo se enredou num mapa complexo, cheio de coordenadas indecifráveis. Neste regresso em 2010, o TGB mantém a aposta nessas premissas e volta a surpreender pelo modo, pleno de irreverência e humor, como conjuga, processa e subverte a multiplicidade de referências que lhe serve de inspiração. É deste inclassificável cruzamento estético que nasce a frescura e relevância musical de um dos mais interessantes projectos nacionais. O trio continua a revelar apetência para versões de temas hard-rock dos anos 70 do século passado. Se no disco de estreia foram os Led Zepellin, agora é a vez dos Black Sabbath (bem trabalhada essência de “Planet Caravan”) e dos Deep Purple (“The Mule”, minuto e meio de energia em estado puro). “George Harrison” um tributo ao autor de “Here Comes the Sun”, bem conhecido das apresentações ao vivo da formação, é um caleidoscópio de sons e atmosferas. Outros momentos de interesse encontram-se na mais tranquila “Bozzetto’s Song” (com Mário Delgado em dobro) e em “Close Your Eyes” (curiosa versão de um tema popularizado por Hank Garland). E há essa improvável – mas bem conseguida – leitura de “Interplay”, de Bill Evans. Nota ainda para o humor incandescente de “Aleister Crowley”, dedicado ao ocultista britânico que se correspondia com Pessoa. Para os mais puristas mais empedernidos talvez se trate de algo indigesto. Para os outros é uma lauta refeição Musica.”

All About Jazz Italy review by Angelo Leonardi

TGB – Evil Things (CF 181)
C’è eclettismo ed originalità nella musica di quest’anomalo trio portoghese (tuba, chitarra elettrica e batteria, dalle cui iniziali prende il nome) che assembla con disinvoltura influenze diverse (momenti hendrixiani o metal, atmosfere alla Ribot, più l’urgenza espressiva dei gruppi di Henry Threadgill) in un progetto abbastanza coerente nella sua metamorfosi ma certo avvincente per chi apprezza le contaminazioni.

La personalità più spiccata è il virtuoso di tuba Sérgio Carolino, che s’esprime con rara veemenza per un solista che ha svolto gran parte della sua carriera in ambito classico (dalla Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra alla Portuguese Symphonic) ma svela interessi quanto mai diversificati: dal dixieland al rock al jazz sperimentale.

Il chitarrista Mario Delgado è tra i nomi più in vista del jazz portoghese contemporaneo ed il suo quintetto Filactera è stato votato miglior gruppo del 2001. Il batterista Alexandre Frazao vive in Portogallo dal 1987 proveniente da Rio de Janeiro e mostra un drumming concitato e avvincente.

Ogni brano ha una sua caratterizzazione ed i contrasti sono spesso marcati: “Aleister Crowley” ad esempio inizia con un delicato tema folk caratterizzato dai cantabili fraseggi della chitarra acustica per esplodere in un finale da gruppo metal death. Due brani dopo troviamo una delicata versione di “Interplay” di Bill Evans, orchestrata con gusto ed intelligenza.

Un gruppo sicuramente interessante, che può dire qualcosa di nuovo.
http://italia.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=5724

Time Out Lisboa review by Jose Carlos Fernandes

TGB – Evil Things (CF 181)
****

A tuba, o metal mais pesado do instrumentário, tem tido, vá lá perceber-se porquê, pouca aplicação no heavy metal e correntes similares, dominadas por guitarras em forma de V ou tridente. O segundo disco dos TGB corrige este desacerto – resta esperar que sirva de exemplo e que os Slipknot e os Metallica admitam o corpulento aerofone nas suas fileiras.

O amor dos TGB pelo rock pesado já se percebera no seu disco de estreia, que inclui “Black Dog”, dos Led Zeppelin. Em Evil Things revisitam-se, em registo irónico, outros decanos do género: Black Sabbath (o psicadélico e ronceiro “Planet Caravan”) e Deep Purple (“The Mule”). Mas não se ficam por aqui as incursões metálicas: “Nameloc” inclui uma paródia ao circo testosterónico do metal e “Aleister Crowley” incorpora os urros guturais de Paulo Ramos – e aqui a piada torna-se desnecessariamente explícita e longa. Além do grande virtuosismo (ninguém sabe do que uma tuba é capaz enquanto não ouvir Sérgio Carolino) e sentido de humor, outra das qualidades dos TGB é o ecletismo – e assim os momentos de sangue & tripas e as inquietações de filme de terror (“The Weird Clown”) convivem com o plácido “Interplay”, de Bill Evans, com planícies ondulantes de folk-country ambiental (com Delgado em guitarra acústica e dobro) e até com chocarreiras danças sul-americanas, a evocar Tom Waits e Marc Ribot (“Close Your Eyes”).

Não há, pois, razão para chamar um exorcista: os TGB estão possuídos, sim, mas pelo espírito da irreverência e da irrisão.

All About Jazz review by Glenn Astarita

TGB – Evil Things (CF 181)
Track review of “Planet Caravan”

 This electrifying Portuguese progressive-jazz trio pulls a lot of tricks out of its magic bag, but alleviates the flow a tad with its solicitous rendition of Black Sabbath’s “Planet Caravan.” Here, tubaist Sergio Carolino and guitarist Mario Delgado venture towards a metal-lite jazz aura, fused with a resonating jazz-blues-rock mix, culminating in a fuzzed-toned finale, as the soloists’ generate stepladder-like crescendos and melodic interpretations of the primary theme.
Delgado and Carolino toss a few nicely devised curve balls into this piece by morphing an avant jazz and rock-tinged improvisational segment. It’s a clever reworking of the original, abetted by the trio’s inauspicious and breezy opening, which leads to a dynamic opus, spiced with a translucent convergence of disparate genres. At times charming, yet irrefutably witty and powerful, this cover tune nicely augments an album that is loaded with keenly executed surprises.

Jazz prospecting by Tom Hull

TGB – Evil Things (CF 181)
Portuguese trio: Sérgio Carolino (tuba), Mário Delgado (guitar), Alexandre Frazão (drums). Delgado wrote six pieces, Frazão three; one is a group improv, and four more are from others — only one my eyes can make out is Bill Evans. Rather scattered, as you might expect given how they juxtapose originals named for “George Harrison” and “Aleister Crowley” — the latter may be the one that sounds like slightly bent Black Sabbath. The tango/soundtrack-ish “Close Your Eyes” is a choice cut, and the high-speed tuba bebop solo on “Tangram” is a hoot, but there’s too much evil for my taste; suggest they lighten up and call their next one Mischievous Things. B+(*)

Angles: Epileptical West: Live in Coimbra (CF 182)
Sextet, haven’t tracked every member down but safe to say Scandinavian. Leader is Swedish alto saxophonist Martin Küchen, b. 1966, nothing under his own name but also works in Exploding Customer (which has scored a couple of HMs here), Trespass Trio, and Sound of Mucus. Second album for group, with Magnus Broo (trumpet), Mats Älekint (trombone), Mattias Ståhl (vibes), Johan Berthling (bass), and Kjell Nordeson (drums). Big beat, roiling horns, scattered tinkles from the vibes, loud and propulsive. Makes me smile all over. A-

Kris Davis/Ingrid Laubrock/Tyshawn Sorey – Paradoxical Frog (CF 183)
Not familiar with Laubrock, although she also appears on the Tom Rainey record still awaiting my attention. Tenor saxophonist, b. 1970 in Germany, based in London and/or Brooklyn; five albums since 1997 by most counts, which file this one under Davis, a pianist from Canada who specializes in fast and furious saxophonists — Rye Eclipse with Tony Malaby is my top recommendation. Sorey is a drummer, plays in Fieldwork and has a couple albums on his own that are more focused on his composition than his percussion. This should click in interesting ways, but Laubrock isn’t that fleet and that seems to slow down the others. Also a queer stretch of silence (or very low volume) creates a false ending — not sure what’s going on there. B+(*)

Tom Rainey Trio – Pool School (CF 185)
 Album says this was recorded “on September 4th, 2010” — I assume that’s a typo for 2009. Rainey is a drummer who’s made a big impression, especially in Tim Berne’s groups. Has a long credits list going back to 1987, but this is the first album under his own name. Gets all the composition credits, too. Trio includes Ingrid Laubrock on tenor and soprano sax and Mary Halvorson on guitar. Both tend to wobble here, which is sort of an art form for Halvorson, harder to speculate on with Laubrock. Free playing, takes a lot of attention, doesn’t give much back, even from the drummer. B+(*)
http://tomhull.com/blog/archives/1434-guid.html

Music and More review by Tim Niland

TGB – Evil Things (CF 181)
It’s great to see a band that has enough irreverent humor to cut an album that includes covers of songs by Bill Evans and Black Sabbath, along with tributes to a former Beatle and a notorious sorcerer. Consisting of Mario Delgado on guitar, Alexandre Frazao on drums and Sergio Carolino on tuba, the group has a unique an exciting sound that should appeal to fans of the work that guitarist Bill Frisell produced in the mid 1990’s. Mixing grinding and abrading uptempo tracks with abstract smears of music the group covers a wide range of territory. Their song “George Harrison” is a fascinating tribute to the late pop legend, moving dynamically through several sections from dramatic layers of tuba to strong guitar and drum interplay, with music is constantly shifting, and building upon itself. Some of the band’s impish humor shines through on “Aleister Crowley” which develops from an ominous acoustic guitar led opening to a wild and wholly electric free jazz performance, complete with slurred and screamed vocalizing to complete the scene of musical mayhem, slashing burning like the old mage himself was involved in casting some musical magic. The mix of instruments may seem an odd pairing, but it works really well, making for emotional and exciting music that falls neither into the traditional power trio or abstract free jazz camps. The musicians bring a wide variety of influences into play from rock and pop to electronic and avant-guard, and it seves them well in making a compelling album.
http://jazzandblues.blogspot.com/