Thursday, October 6, 2016

RED TRIO + JOHN BUTCHER – Empire (LP-2011-NoBusiness Records - NBLP 37)




Label: NoBusiness Records – NBLP 37
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album / Limited edition of 400 copies
Country: Lithuania / Released: Jul 2011 / LP press in Germany
Style: Free Improvisation, Free Jazz
Recorded April 6, 2010 at Namouche Studio, Lisbon
Recorded By – Joaquim Monte
Mixed by – John Butcher
Mastered by – Arūnas Zujus at MAMAstudios
Design by – Oskaras Anosovas
Cover printed in Lithuania by UAB“Garsy pasaulis“
Produced by RED trio and John Butcher
Executive production by Danas Mikailionis and Valerij Anosov

A1 - Sustained ................................................................................ 7:00
A2 - Pachyderm ............................................................................ 17:02
B  -  Empire ................................................................................... 23:34

Music By – Rodrigo Pinheiro, Gabriel Ferrandini, Hernani Faustino, John Butcher

RED TRIO:
Rodrigo Pinheiro - piano
Hernani Faustino - double bass
Gabriel Ferrandini - drums and percussion
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John Butcher - tenor and soprano saxophone

NoBusiness Records NBLP37, 2011 / Limited edition of 400 copies. Sold Out.
http://nobusinessrecords.com/NBLP37.php


Although it may be fanciful to suggest that this is British saxophonist John Butcher’s Hard Rock record, his playing is certainly more voluble, raunchy and strident than on the majority of his recent sessions.
It may be because on this three-track LP the master of cerebral understatement is matched up with a trio of Portuguese Gen Xes who in this context enliven the common piano-bass-drum trio with enough rough and physical textures to frighten fans that prefer impressionistic pastels. That’s rough, but not crude however, for pianist Rodrigo Pinheiro, bassist Hernani Faustino and percussionist Gabriel Ferrandini have demonstrated a sensitive interface on other discs.
Besides touring the Iberian Peninsula with Butcher, the Lisbon-based trio members have a working knowledge of Rock; have played as a group with American avant trumpeter Nate Wooley; and individually worked with other anything-but-shy improvisers such as saxophonist John Zorn (Pinheiro), saxophonist Jon Irabagon, (Faustino) and cornetist Rob Mazurek (Ferrandini).




Whatever it is, as early as the first track, Butcher lots unbrace with some thickly vibrating and splintering altissimo punctuation that`s a lot closer to 1960s Free Jazz expression than what he usually plays. Meanwhile Pinheiro, for one, spurs minimalism, instead studding his solos with swift soundboard echoes, internal string strumming and high-intensity chording. Similarly as the expositions are developed, there are times when slide-whistle-like shrilling is heard. With his saxophone mastery, Butcher could be adding an intense parallel line to his improvisations. Or, on the other hand, the screech could arise from Ferrandini’s percussion mastery, which includes hand-patting drags, rim shots and flams plus measured cymbal claps and stentorian thumps. Nonetheless it’s the pianist who is most percussive in his playing. Frequently tremolo and highly syncopated, his circular keyboard chording sometimes matches the saxophonist’s circular breathing. Other times he’ll focus on repeated, high-pitched key clicking or use pressure to expose the deepest vibrations from his instrument. For his part, Butcher stresses trills that are watery and murmuring at one point, yet ascend to staccato interstellar-space exaggerations at others. In a way odd man out, Faustino keeps time and stays out of the way.
Exposing individual variants of note distension early on, the four-way communication reaches a climax of cumulative tension on the final and title track. With the bassist finally asserting himself with sul ponticello and col leno swipes and the percussionist’s mallet-driven chops providing the backdrop, the more-than-23-minute exposition bounds from Butcher to Pinheiro and back again. The pianist’s chromatic keyboard work takes in tremolo cadences in the instrument’s lowest register until he breaks free for friction-laden episodes of syncopated string strumming. Meantime the saxophonist blasts out juddering multiphonics, slurring, stuttering and splaying broken chords. In short order the nearly three-dimensional polyphony reaches a crescendo of drilling reed bites and nephritic honks matched with keyboard claps, clips and smacks until both are cut off and the narrative is completed by an isolated string pluck from Faustino.
Likely to be a unique entry in both Butcher’s and the Red trio’s discographies, Empire is a wild ride that should be experienced by everyone, music which shatters preconceptions.

—Ken Waxman

Not to be missed if you have a sense of adventure.


I recommend that you buy their recently released a new album:
https://cleanfeed-records.com/product/summer-skyshift/
https://www.discogs.com/RED-Trio-John-Butcher-Summer-Skyshift/release/8507374



If you find it, buy this album!

14 comments:

  1. RED TRIO + JOHN BUTCHER – Empire (LP-2011)
    Vinyl Rip/FLAC+Artwork

    1fichier:
    https://1fichier.com/?mc52tkmz1b

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  2. Thanks for a great NO BUSINESS release.

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  3. Thanks Vitko. Have mp3 but appreciate your lossless rip.

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  4. Thank you very much

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  5. RED Trio is a remarkable project(!), with John Butcher or any other guest...
    Thanks Vitko

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  6. dear Vitko, this is most beautiful...regards...

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