Out of print
RODRIGO AMADO & DIRK SERRIES Jazzblazzt
Rodrigo Amado was born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1964 and took up the saxophone at the age of 17 while convalescing from an accident. Later he studied at the Hot Club Music School and was soon playing with numerous rock, pop and experimental projects. At the shifting boundary between free jazz and improvised music, Amado's position is clear: he plays jazz. He is so clearly a jazz musician that he doesn't require any pre-determined elements of rhythm, harmony, chorus lengths or melody to play jazz. There's a rhythmic impetus, a bite in his sound, and it drives his lines forward, a fundamental impress on the world that tenor saxophonists like Archie Shepp, Coleman Hawkins or Sonny Rollins have been making for generations.Dirk Serries is a Belgian musician who started as an ambient composer and musician under the name of Vidna Obmana (releases also on Klanggalerie). In 2007 he gave up thsi pseudonym to concentrate on work under his own name and under the name Fear Falls Burning. The collaboration "Jazzblazzt" was recorded live in in concert on August 28th, 2018 at the venue "Jazzblazzt" in The Netherlands. Amado plays tenor saxophone, Serries electric and acoustic guitars. It was mixed and mastered by Dirk Serries. Originally released as a very limited cassette only, we are happy to now offer you a CD of this fantastic duo collaboration. Full tracklist: 1. Set One 2. Set Two. Price: € 17,-/copy incl. worldwide shipping.
It opens in great jerky & manic fashion with Serries batting out a rapid selection of struts & darts, as Amado horn violently flutters & darts like a trapped bird. As we move on we find chiming & twanging neck play been met by more hazed-at-points almost harmonic sax trails. But by the midway point, were returned to darting and angular playfulness once more. Surprisingly around the twenty-minute mark things start to simmer down in a wonderful sinister manner - as Serriers feds out slowly pitch shift strums mixed with subtle creepy & wondering honks - before the pair switch to a finale of baying & bouncing honks, and scraping neck rubs and saws. (...) Jazzblazzt is a rewardingly shifting & darting record - with both players bouncing off each other extremely well. If you like your improv unpredictable, and often firey this is most certainly for you.
(Musique Machine, March 2021)