RODRIGO AMADO

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Portuguese saxophonist (alto, C melody, baritone, and tenor) Rodrigo Amado specializes in free-form, composition-in-the-moment jazz, and his various projects and trios have given him an international following. Born in Lisbon in 1964, Amado began studying the sax at the age of 17, briefly at the Hot Club Music School of Lisbon and with mentors Carlos Martins, Pedro Madaleno, and Jorge Reis, among other leading Portuguese jazz artists. With diverse musical interests, he explored how improvisation is handled in other genres, although his work with his various ensembles like the Lisbon Improvisation Players and the Motion Trio (with Miguel Mira and Gabriel Ferrandini) falls clearly under the umbrella of 21st century jazz, and he has been an in-demand studio player on numerous recorded projects. He started his own label, Clean Feed, in 2001, with brothers Pedro and Carlos Costa, before leaving the imprint in 2005 to start a second label, European read more...
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RODRIGO AMADO The Space Between album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
The Space Between
Avant-Garde Jazz 2003
RODRIGO AMADO Lisbon Improvisation Players : Motion album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Lisbon Improvisation Players : Motion
Avant-Garde Jazz 2004
RODRIGO AMADO Lisbon Improvisation Players : Spiritualized album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Lisbon Improvisation Players : Spiritualized
Avant-Garde Jazz 2006
RODRIGO AMADO Surface: For Alto, Baritone And Strings album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Surface: For Alto, Baritone And Strings
Avant-Garde Jazz 2007
RODRIGO AMADO The Abstract Truth album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
The Abstract Truth
Avant-Garde Jazz 2009
RODRIGO AMADO Motion Trio album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Motion Trio
Avant-Garde Jazz 2009
RODRIGO AMADO Searching For Adam album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Searching For Adam
Avant-Garde Jazz 2010
RODRIGO AMADO Rodrigo Amado Motion Trio + Jeb Bishop ‎: The Flame Alphabet album cover 3.48 | 2 ratings
Rodrigo Amado Motion Trio + Jeb Bishop ‎: The Flame Alphabet
Avant-Garde Jazz 2013
RODRIGO AMADO Wire Quartet album cover 3.96 | 4 ratings
Wire Quartet
Avant-Garde Jazz 2014
RODRIGO AMADO Rodrigo Amado Motion Trio & Peter Evans : The Freedom Principle” album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rodrigo Amado Motion Trio & Peter Evans : The Freedom Principle”
Avant-Garde Jazz 2014
RODRIGO AMADO Rodrigo Amado & Joe McPhee & Kent Kessler & Chris Corsano : This Is Our Language album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rodrigo Amado & Joe McPhee & Kent Kessler & Chris Corsano : This Is Our Language
Avant-Garde Jazz 2015
RODRIGO AMADO Desire & Freedom album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Desire & Freedom
Avant-Garde Jazz 2016
RODRIGO AMADO Rodrigo Armado, Joe McPhee, Kent Kessler, Chris Corsano : A History of Nothing album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rodrigo Armado, Joe McPhee, Kent Kessler, Chris Corsano : A History of Nothing
Avant-Garde Jazz 2018
RODRIGO AMADO Rodrigo Amado & Chris Corsano : No Place to Fall album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rodrigo Amado & Chris Corsano : No Place to Fall
Avant-Garde Jazz 2019

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RODRIGO AMADO Lisbon Improvisation Players : Live_Lxmeskla album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Lisbon Improvisation Players : Live_Lxmeskla
Avant-Garde Jazz 2002
RODRIGO AMADO Teatro album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Teatro
Avant-Garde Jazz 2006
RODRIGO AMADO Burning Live At Jazz Ao Centro album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Burning Live At Jazz Ao Centro
Avant-Garde Jazz 2012
RODRIGO AMADO Rodrigo Amado Motion Trio & Peter Evans  : Live in Lisbon album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rodrigo Amado Motion Trio & Peter Evans : Live in Lisbon
Avant-Garde Jazz 2014
RODRIGO AMADO The Attic (Rodrigo Amado / Goncalo Almeida / Onno Govaert) : Summer Bummer album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Attic (Rodrigo Amado / Goncalo Almeida / Onno Govaert) : Summer Bummer
Avant-Garde Jazz 2019

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RODRIGO AMADO Lisbon Improvisation Players : Motion

Album · 2004 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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Sax player Rodrigo Amado was one of the key figure of new Portuguese adventurous jazz during first decade of new Millennium. On the wave of his homeland avant-garde jazz scene popularity explosion, Amado's lead projects won respectful reputation around Europe and partially in 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 Amado's later band, 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 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 lot of tuneful snippets to his music and even if each of four quartet's members are soloist here nothing sounds too chaotic or extremely "out". Even more - the opener "Perpetual Explorers" is a n improvisational composition of rare beauty containing lot of lyrical tones,fragile grace and in all sounds quite close to modern academic composed music. "Motion" coming after has more muscles and is more free-jazz rooted stil having all that melodic charm.

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

Lasting near an hour,this album's 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 success of many his other albums as well).

More relaxed, more experimental and surprisingly enough 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 Amado's later works fans and with no doubt is a "must have" release for everyone with interest to Portuguese creative jazz.

RODRIGO AMADO Searching For Adam

Album · 2010 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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Portuguese sax player Rodrigo Amado last year's release "Wire Quartet"(on Cleanfeed) made him one among year's jazz heroes. Full-Portuguese quartet with unique Derek Bailey-influenced guitarist Manuel Mota (who is known in Portugal more like free-improvs musician,not an jazz artist) demonstrated excellent internal communication,original sound and in all perfect kind of modern European jazz.

Amado's as first class jazz reedist story started some years before though (in fact, Wire Quartet's material was recorded in 2011 and only released in 2014).At the end of the first new millennium decade (and after few domestically released albums as leader)Amado switched from free-form improvisational music towards avant-garde jazz with quite positive results from very first recordings. "Searching For Adam" is his first ever international release and he plays with world class jazz musicians on it.John Hebert is one of the most interesting American bassist of younger generation, Gerald Cleaver - busiest drummer around all US and cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum is regular Anthony Braxton collaborator, among many others.

To be honest, "Searching For Adam" isn't such a great result as one could expect from musicians of that level. Recorded in 2008, it is still seriously influenced by Amado earlier free form improvisational techniques. Besides of some really well-played moments,it contains lot of extended free improvs,some of them doesn't sound useful or logical at all. Released two years after it was recorded, it obviously came on the wave of growing Amado's newest music popularity.Being a mixed bag in all senses,it contains 21+minutes long composition and five shorter (but still up to 13-minutes long)ones, and generally is too long and bulky. After serious editing recorded material could still give a birth to better-than-average "old-fashioned size"(up to 40 minutes) album. Three years later same Polish Not Two label will release Amado's next studio album with trombonist Jeb Bishop as guest ("The Flame Alphabet"). More or less of similar quality, it could be counted only as prelude to "Wire Quartet" success. From other hand, Rodrigo's most current to time "Live In Lisbon"(2014,NoBusiness) album ,recorded with trumpeter Peter Evans as guest,is his another highlight.

RODRIGO AMADO Wire Quartet

Album · 2014 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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Reeds player, photographer and Clean Feed label founder Rodrigo Amado is with no doubt one of the brightest artists in the really active Portuguese modern jazz scene. He has played with cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum, drummer Gerald Cleaver, bassist John Hébert, drummer Paal Nilssen-Love and trumpeter Peter Evans among others,but even more importantly, he is one of the leaders and a moving force in the experimental domestic jazz scene.

Usually associated with his Motion Trio, (with cellist Miguel Mira and drummer Gabriel Ferrandini), on his new release, Rodrigo presents his new band - Wire Quartet. Half of this new project consists of another excellent Portuguese collective - Red Trio's rhythm section (drummer Gabriel Ferrandini and bassist Hernani Faustino). The fourth member, guitarist Manuel Mota, is probably the most responsible for the quartet's specific sound.

Just three compositions, including a 28-minutes long opener "Abandon Yourself", all are muscular, but airy with lots of free form improvs. Manuel Mota's guitar sounds similar to an early Derek Bailey incarnation and its relation with Rodrigo's tenor sax is telepathic. The rhythm section builds quirky and almost touchable frames around a finishing solid, intelligent and even graceful musical texture.

The great thing is that this quartet being a high-energy unit, doesn't sound aggressive at all - a rare example when high-octane fueled free form music stays intelligent and perfectly acts without attacking the listeners' ears and soul.

Portuguese adventurous jazz at its best, another great Clean Feed release.

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