AMN Reviews: Three From Rodrigo Amado

Portugal’s Rodrigo Amado is a saxophonist who composes and plays free jazz and improv. In a country that is has become known for these types of music, and he is one of the movement’s leaders. In 2014, he has released three albums so far.

nbcd67Rodrigo Amado Motion Trio & Peter Evans – The Freedom Principle (2014; No Business Records)

On this release, Amado teams up with Miguel Mira on cello, Gabriel Ferrandini on drums, and American Peter Evans on trumpet. Landing somewhere in the vast reaches between composed jazz and free improv, The Freedom Principle features Amado’s muscular work over a creative rhythmic base, with Evans droning on top. Both horn players give their respective instruments a workout, evoking powerful, squeaky discordance in addition to cascading interplay. Of the four members of the group, each is perfectly comfortable playing the expected forms of creative jazz, but also punctuated sound-effects and incidental noise.

nblp75Rodrigo Amado Motion Trio & Peter Evans – Live in Lisbon (2014; No Business Records)

Featuring the same lineup as The Freedom Principle, Amado and group recorded Live in Lisbon just two days prior to that release. Mira and Ferrandini shine here, mostly eschewing any sense of normalcy in their rhythm efforts.  This is a true companion piece to The Freedom Principle in style and substance.  One can hear the influences of Albert Ayler and Ornette Coleman filtered through the last twenty years of Euro-American improv, but maintaining the sense of joy for which those pioneers were known.  An energetic and fierce release, Amado’s quartet bumps up the energy level for its live audience.

CF297Rodrigo Amado – Wire Quartet (2014; Clean Feed)

If I had to pick one of these three excellent releases to call my favorite, this would probably be it. Amado’s Wire Quartet features Ferrandini on drums, Hernâni Faustino on bass, and Manuel Mota on guitar, in addition to Amado’s tenor sax. Mota plays not unlike Derek Bailey on this effort, which meshes well with Amado’s only somewhat more restrained sax. All four musicians seem to share simultaneous lead roles from time to time. As a result, the Quartet produces a punchy, in-your-face music, pulling in several directions but never losing focus. Even at quieter moments, the group keeps your ears occupied with a plethora of unexpected sounds.

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AMN Reviews: Dub Mentor featuring Stephen Mallinder – Obsession (EnT-T)

The classic Cabaret Voltaire number Obsession as late-night doom(ed) jazz by Dub Mentor and band co-founder Stephen Mallinder, with soprano Hila Baggio providing yelping banshee punctuation. The skeletal original is nicely updated in three elegantly rearranged versions, not the least by the garbage can percussion and treated cello of Karni Postel. If absolutely necessary to categorize, this trio of versions might variously be likened to trip-hop, industrial dub or slow ambient jazz. Each are sneakily tweaked and flawlessly executed as they follow the indomitable lead of a scary, stalking bass.

http://www.ent-t.com/obsession.html

Stephen Fruitman

Chicago Scene: July 26 – August 9

Ken Vandermark
Cover of Ken Vandermark

This is a weekly overview live performances in the Chicago area.  Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.

Sunday, August 3rd 2014

10:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont, 773.709.1401 ($7) (wheelchair-accessible)
Joshua Abrams Quartet, with David Boykin, Jason Adasiewicz, Frank Rosaly

Monday, August 4th 2014

6:30PM at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, 201 E Randolph (Free) (wheelchair-accessible)
Downtown Sound : New Music Mondays
Maps and Atlases
Wooden Shjips

7:30PM at Myopic Books, 1564 N Milwaukee, 773.862.4882
Keefe Jackson, Daniel Fandiño

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Mars Williams, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

Tuesday, August 5th 2014

5:30PM at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago, 312.280.2660 (wheelchair-accessible)
Tuesdays on the Terrace
Jason Stein Quartet with Keefe Jackson, Joshua Abrams, Frank Rosaly

Wednesday, August 6th 2014

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western (Free)
Jim Baker, Jason Roebke, Avreeayl Ra
Sound Of The City Workshop — visit http://www.constellation-chicago.com/event/621525 for details

10:00PM at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia, 773.227.4433 ($10)
The Chicago Reed Quartet : Nick Mazzarella, Dave Rempis, Ken Vandermark, Mars Williams

Thursday, August 7th 2014

9:00PM at Multi Kulti, 1000 N Milwaukee, 4th Fl
Vincent Davis Percussion Plus : Vincent Davis, Edward Wilkerson Jr, Scott Hesse, Emma Dayhuff, Jim Baker

Friday, August 8th 2014

6:30PM at Asado Coffee, 1651 W Chicago
Frank Rosaly — performance and conversation

7:00PM-11:00PM at the Rhythm Room, 1715 Maple Ave, Evanston IL, 847.491.9723
Jimmy Bennington Colour And Sound Trio

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($20-$15)
Jeff Parker Trio with Chris Lopes, Chad Taylor

Saturday, August 9th 2014

7:30PM at a house concert ($15 suggested donation)
Ken Vandermark Solo — write to 11trombones@gmail.com for details

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($20-$15)
Jeff Parker Trio with Chris Lopes, Chad Taylor

Sunday, August 10th 2014

10:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont, 773.709.1401 ($7) (wheelchair-accessible)
Michael Zerang & The Blue Lights : Josh Berman, Mars Williams, Dave Rempis, Kent Kessler, Michael Zerang

Monday, August 11th 2014

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Mars Williams, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

Tuesday, August 12th 2014

5:30PM at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago, 312.280.2660 (wheelchair-accessible)
Tuesdays on the Terrace
The Chicago Reed Quartet

9:30PM at The Whistler, 2421 N Milwaukee (wheelchair-accessible)
Jeff Kowalkowski Trio with Harrison Bankhead, Avreeayl Ra

Wednesday, August 13th 2014

10:00PM at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia, 773.227.4433 ($8)
Dave Rempis, Joshua Abrams, Avreeayl Ra

Thursday, August 14th 2014

6:30PM at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, 201 E Randolph (Free) (wheelchair-accessible)
Coin Coin, Chapter Two : Mississippi Moonchile
Matana Roberts Ensemble

9:00PM at Multi Kulti, 1000 N Milwaukee, 4th Fl
Vincent Davis Percussion Plus : Vincent Davis, Edward Wilkerson Jr, Scott Hesse, Emma Dayhuff, Jim Baker

Saturday, August 16th 2014

3:00PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069 ($10-$8)
Health&Beauty
Circuit Des Yeux
Ahleuchatistas
M!Nes
7:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($20-$25)
Roscoe Mitchell, Mike Reed — CD Release

For more information, such as show times and directions, as well as upcoming performances, see:
http://now-is.org/
http://www.ratchetmusic.com
http://www.umbrellamusic.org
http://www.mcachicago.org
http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_culturalcenterschedule.html
http://www.skylarkchicago.com
http://www.hideoutchicago.com
http://www.elasticrevolution.com
http://www.myopicbookstore.com/music.html
http://www.lampo.org
http://dalniente.com
http://iceorg.org/events/category/chicago
http://www.emptybottle.com/

John Zorn and Others at the Newport Jazz Festival Reviewed

John Zorn
Cover of John Zorn

From The Boston Globe:

“We have time for one more, but it’s a sick one.” With that, John Zorn introduced the final piece in a nearly two-and-half hour set of his music, performed by nine different ensembles Friday at the Newport Jazz Festival. Zorn — saxophonist, composer, MacArthur “genius” fellow, and longtime musical provocateur — is 60 now, and so is the Newport Jazz Festival. The festival celebrated its 60th by expanding from two days to three, with Friday devoted to “emerging artists.”