Rodrigo Amado Motion Trio & Peter Evans - The Freedom Principle / Live In Lisbon (4 stars)

Rodrigo Amado Motion Trio & Peter Evans - The Freedom Principle / Live In Lisbon

Simultaneous releases impress with their outlandish arrangements

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Two simultaneous releases documenting Portuguese saxophonist Rodrigo Amado's Motion Trio live and in the studio with New York trumpet agitator Peter Evans. There's a giddy lightness to the rhythm section of Miguel Mira on cello and Gabriel Ferrandini on drums, giving The Freedom Principle a swing and swagger, which Amado and Evans respond to with parallel melodic inventions that recall Ornette Coleman and Don Cherry. Live In Lisbon is more outlandish, with Evans conjuring an array of bizarre trumpet effects: 'ah phooey' exhalations, squeegee noises, a dog grappling with an old pair of slippers. At one point, he even smooches his mouthpiece. An abstract passage, all whistles and scrapes, veers into an anxious hard bop canter, with Amado's tenor belching hot lava while Evans and Ferrandini scrabble for the escape hatch. On the flipside, raggedly beautiful snatches of melody rise from drones, leading into conversational free-bop.

Rodrigo Amado Motion Trio + Peter Evans March 2013

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