Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Rodrigo Amado Motion Trio w/ Jeb Bishop - Burning Live (JACC Records, 2012)

Recorded live in Coimbra, Rodrigo Amado's Motion Trio along with special guest Jeb Bishop features the leader on tenor saxophone, Jeb Bishop on trombone, Miguel Mira on cello and Gabriel Ferrandini on drums. The group really is "burning live" with three lengthy collectively improvised songs that really show off the groups mindful and "in the moment" approach. Built and played like a three part incantation, beginning with the title performance, "Burning Live," which introduces the group and their distinctive sound. The music is built around the unique sound of the cello and rock solid drumming which lays down a great foundation for the front line of saxophone and trombone. Their improvisations build organically, especially on the epic middle piece, "Imaginary Caverns"" which develops slowly from the two horns to engulf the full band and carves out an unstoppable momentum. "Red Halo" opens with some excellent plucked cello setting the pace in a hypnotic manner before the rest of the band slowly enters, building to a frenetic and very exciting improvisation. The group dynamics are what make this record special. The musicians play with a great respect for each other but also with a devil may care approach to making music in the moment that keeps everything fresh.