Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Rodrigo Amado Motion Trio with Peter Evans - The Freedom Principle (NoBusiness, 2014)

This is a potent collective improvisation group featuring Rodrigo Amado on tenor saxophone, Peter Evans on trumpet, Miguel Mira on cello and Gabriel Ferrandini on drums recorded in Lisbon in March of last year. The obvious precedent of this group given the instrumentation would be the classic quartets led by Ornette Coleman in the late 50's and early 60's. But while those bands improvised freely from Coleman's own quirky compositional ideas, this band takes things a step even further by collectively improvising without a net and molding the fear and exhilaration of such an endeavor into the music. "The Freedom Principle" lays things on the line as the group moves valiantly through sections of loud and exciting free jazz as a full unit and also sections for soloists supported by the fellow members and and sections of whisper quiet music where the listener must pay rapt attention to what is happening, considering that the music is being played at a low volume and a slow pace. The two remaining pieces, "Shadows" and "Pepper Packed" continue this sense of dynamism further with Evans sounding much different than he does on discs by Mostly Other People Do the Killing where he plays in more of a post-bop/free jazz sensibility, and in this case he takes quite a few risks in his trumpet playing and Amado follows suit moving from gutsy squalls of tenor saxophone to long lines of of ominous wind. The rhythm section is interesting also as Mira's cello gives him a lighter and sharper sound than a traditional bass and Ferrandini's drums add a depth of texture that makes for a successful recording. The Freedom Principle - amazon.com

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