LISBON IMPROVISATION PLAYERS

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The Lisbon Improvisation Players is an outlet for saxophonist Rodrigo Amado, whose strong belief in improvisation stems from his long history with his instrument. After picking up the instrument in the early 80's, Amado participated in hundreds of improvisational concerts and dozens of recordings that emphasized the merit the free form style was structured around. Formed under the idea that everyone in a group can have a soloist part and play it simultaneously with their fellow musicians, the Lisbon Improvisational Players is an extension of the idea Ornette Coleman presented in his theories and rules. Putting together musicians that are not only from the jazz world, but from the electronic and world music scenes as well, the group maintains an experimental edge that makes their live recordings wondrous explorations of sound that rarely fail to amuse with their complexity.

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LISBON IMPROVISATION PLAYERS Motion album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Motion
Avant-Garde Jazz 2004
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Spiritualized
Avant-Garde Jazz 2006

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Live_LxMeskla
Avant-Garde Jazz 2002

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LISBON IMPROVISATION PLAYERS Motion

Album · 2004 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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Sax player Rodrigo Amado was one of the key figures in new Portuguese adventurous jazz during first decade of the new Millennium. On the wave of his homeland avant-garde jazz scene's popularity explosion, Amado's lead projects won respectful reputation around Europe and partially in the States. Still, differently from series of recordings under his own name, Rodrigo's earlier project Lisbon Improvisation Players stays in the shade, and it's a shame since Player's music is right on the level of any of Amado's later bands, and in moments even overtakes many of them.

For "Motion" Rodrigo forms Portuguese-American quartet where he plays tenor and baritone in a company with American soprano/tenor Steve Adams with support from Portuguese drummer Acacio Salero and American double bassist Ken Filliano.

All of the album's material is pure improvisation, but same way as with many other Amado's works, it sounds well organized, full of tunes and generally quite accessible. Based on so-called "improvisational composition" techniques, Amado adds a lot of tuneful snippets to his music and even if each of the four quartet's members are soloist here nothing sounds too chaotic or extremely "out". Even more - the opener "Perpetual Explorers", is an improvisational composition of rare beauty containing lots of lyrical tones, fragile grace and in all sounds quite close to modern academic composed music. "Motion" coming after has more muscle and is more free-jazz rooted still having all that melodic charm.

If only the whole album was like these two songs it could be crowned as modern creative jazz masterpiece. Still, the album's central part loses this highest level of sharpness a bit still staying an excellent example of truly reflective high-class musician's collaboration.

Lasting near an hour, this album doesn't leave a feeling it's too long or too complex what is quite a common case with improvisational music. The main reason is Rodrigo's ability to make even quite quirky music to sound attractive and accessible (this ability with no doubt is a main reason of the success of many of his other albums as well).

More relaxed, more experimental and surprisingly often more beautiful music than one can find on other better known and more popular Rodrigo Amado albums, it can become a great surprise for fans of Amado's later works and with no doubt is a "must have" release for everyone with interest to Portuguese creative jazz.

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