quinta-feira, 21 de março de 2013


Novo JAZZ português que não passa na Rádio portuguesa

Sérgio Godinho sobre o álbum «360» de José Dias Quartet:

A música é a mais imaterial das artes. Voga no ar à espera que as ondas a atravessem.
E depois, só se põe em movimento quando músicos a materializam no primeiro acto de criação. Nesse momento, ela existe para sempre, e depois apaga-se e reconstroi-se como uma malha de diferentes padrões e tecidos. É essa energia, é esse destino e a vontade de o cumprir e partilhar que nos serve de morada, palco a palco. É assim a mais imaterial das artes.
Brindo à inventiva e à execução, brindo à aventura do José Dias e do Quarteto. Brindo a toda a volta, a 360.

Frederick Moehn (New York University and King's College London) sobre «360» de José Dias Quartet:

Put on a good pair of headphones late in the evening, when there are no distractions, and listen to the new album from the José Dias Quartet, titled 360. That way, you will be able to hear just how well this ensemble plays together. You’ll be taken in, for example, with the way the opening track, ‘Até amanhã pai’ (See you tomorrow, father), builds to a driving, bluesy, groove that recalls the spirit of hard bop. José Dias and Moisés Fernandes solo on electric guitar and trumpet respectively, while Pedro Pinto (bass) and Rui Pereira (drums) propel the song toward an invigorating final several bars in which Pereira’s drumming shines. With those headphones still on, you’ll enjoy the subtle conversations that take place between the four musicians in the contemplative ‘Depois do mal’ (After the bad). You’ll appreciate the funky shuffle that underpins ‘...Pânico’ (Panic). 
José Dias, a graduate of Lisbon’s renowned Hot Club School for jazz and now a doctoral student at the Institute for Ethnomusicology at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, composed all but one of the nine pieces on 360. "Mere suggestions for the musicians to deconstruct and recreate," he says of his compositions. The quartet injects a new vitality into the Portuguese jazz scene, and it’s no wonder: Fernandes and Pereira studied at the Amsterdam Conservatory where they played with young musicians from throughout Europe. The bassist has classical training, while the trumpeter also plays with the group O’questrada, which draws on traditional Portuguese genres; José Dias is attentive to the work of innovators such as American guitarist Ben Monder, or Norwegian jazz composer Mats Eilersten. 
Still got your headphones on? Don’t miss Pereira’s pointillist drum solo on ‘Tumulto’ (Tumult), or the placid communal musings of the last sixty seconds of Rui Pereira’s ‘Ainda’ (Still). 
You can do this with a click of your mouse because the album is downloadable from Sintoma Records. Having done so, perhaps you’ll agree that it’s music worth making a contribution toward (you can do so on a donation basis at the site). And then, if you’re fortunate, you can go see the quartet live!

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