The Abstract Truth

The Abstract Truth

by Rodrigo Amado

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The Abstract Truth

The Abstract Truth is this trio's follow-up to Teatro released in 2006. It came out on Portuguese saxman Rodrigo Amado's own European Echoes imprint. It is a studio session recorded in July 2008, with everyone clearly in top shape. Amado's well-rounded sound on the tenor sax is a joy to follow through sinuous lines ("The Kiss" is the most tender free jazz can get without sounding schmaltzy) and tortuous runs. Less impressive is his baritone playing, a little grating and hazardous. The rhythm section is, of course, one of the best adventurous jazz has to offer in the 2000s -- Kessler (bass) and Nilssen-Love (drums) complement each other at a level where it almost doesn't matter who they are playing with. The Abstract Truth consists of eight pieces in the five- to ten-minute range. Moods vary from tenderness to fierceness and, oddly, both the longest track ("The Kiss") and the shortest track ("Clouds and Shadows") are highlights. However, there is not a single weak track on this disc. How much material was recorded that day is not known, but judging from what is released here, the trio is constantly on, alight, and into it, even in the more experimental moments like the dirge-like middle section of the concluding "Enigma of the Arrival."

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Release Date: 09/29/2009
Label: European Echoes
UPC: 5609063500035
catalogNumber: 3

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