Best Albums of 2017 – Público

So proud! Our two very first releases made it to the selection Best Albums of 2017, by Nuno Catarino (Público)!

Congratulations to Pedro Melo Alves to be in the Top Ten with “Omniae Ensemble” and to João Barradas to have made it to the Top 3 with his debut “Directions”!

We wouldn’t be anything without our artists, so thank you all for the inspiration and for this wonderful first year!
We are looking forward to an incredible 2018!

2017-12-22T18:16:33+00:00 December 22nd, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

4,5 star review in Downbeat Magazine for João Barradas’ debut album “Directions”!

Thank you Downbeat Magazine for the amazing review!
4,5 out of 5  stars for João Barradas “Directions” – Released by Nischo Records/ Inner Circle Music

Review by Josef Woodard/ DownBeat Magazine:

“One of the reasons João Barradas stands apart from the fairly slender ranks of virtuoso jazz accordionists is his taste for adventure, in a field not necessarily given to same. Concurrently, his roots are intact and entrenched in jazz and classical traditions, as well as other niches in the musical musical world where accordion is known to travel. We get a winning introduction to the young Portuguese dynamo on his aptly named debut album, Directions, a sensitive, open-minded, multi-directional and undeniably chops-endowed set of music.
Our first indication of venturesome thinking arrives at the outset, as Barradas spins off a philosophical essay on the fly. Alto saxophonist Greg Osby, also the album´s producer, lends his gymnastic, spidery instrumental voice to the mix on this track, titled “Expressive Idea”, and later cameos on “Unknown Identity” and the album´s finale, “Ignorance” – all tracks that lean into a more angular, harmonically exploratory zone. Poised balladic beauty is at hand on “Varazdin´s Landscape”, and elsewhere on the album, he latches on to an odd-metered Slavic folkloric groove on “Amalgamat”, and nods to the Piazzola-ish realm of nuevo tango on “The Red Badge of Courage”.
Among Barradas’ many champions is Gil Goldstein, who embarks on a thrilling accordion duet with the younger player to the tune of Goldstein´s “Tiling the Plane”, loosely built off the changes of “Giant Steps”. Here, as throughout Directions, the nimble young accordionist acquits himself like the new, true musical sensation his nascent reputation promises him to be.”
– Josef Woodard/ Downbeat Magazine (4,5 stars/ 5)

 

2017-09-28T13:46:24+00:00 September 2nd, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Live review: João Barradas live at Funchal Jazz (DownBeat Magazine)

(Photo: Courtesy Funchal Jazz Festival)

Read the detailed review of João Barradas´ performance at the Funchal Jazz Festival, presenting his debut album “Directions” with a special appearance by Greg Osby, published by Ted Panken/ DownBeat Magazine:

“(…) the first concert at Santa Catarina Gardens on the first night of Funchal’s 18th edition (Acosta’s fourth), as 25-year-old João Barradas improvised on button accordion to the pitches and rhythms of a verbal dialog between Wayne Shorter and Joe Lovano about the pleasures of, as Shorter put it, “drawing on all the sounds that exist in the world.”

Barradas executed a brief fanfare as Shorter said, “Leave some room for the accordion!” Then, as Lovano riposted, “It’s the spirit of the players that translate your expressive ideas …,” he cued a brief drum solo by Bruno Pedroso, and left a few bars of silence as Lovano finished, “…to whatever it is that you play, and the fantasy and imagery that comes through.”

This was an apropos metaphor for what Barradas, who usually plays trio with Pedroso and bassist André Rosinha, accomplished with a strong sextet: fellow Portuguese musicians João Paulo Esteves da Silva on piano and André Fernandes on guitar, along with alto saxophonist Greg Osby, whose imprint label, Inner Circle, released Barradas’ early 2017 album Directions, on which Gil Goldstein and Sara Serpa join the aforementioned personnel.

Titled “Expressive Idea/Unknown Identity,” the opening piece began with all members playing their sounds as Da Silva articulated a disjunctive Andrew Hill-like melody. It coalesced into a freeboppish swing motif over which Barradas played a fleet, saxophonistic line. The time broke apart, a pause ensued, Barradas and Osby played a fleet one-voice unison. Osby broke off into an improvisation of shifting densities and rhythms, setting up his protégé’s solo, in which the accordionist mirrored Osby’s tonality and phrasing at high velocity while also comping for himself. He switched into a not-quite-rubato section, then reaccelerated, weaving in and out of the rhythm with compression-and-release figures.

Throughout the remaining five numbers, Barradas deployed prodigious chops towards entirely musical ends. On “Letter To Mother’s Immersion,” a simmering Astor Piazzolla-esque tango, he followed a piano-guitar dialog with winding lines over Pedroso’s fragmented beats, ending with a pointillist passage. He switched to Midi accordion on “Varazdin’s Landscape”—it began with a rubato a cappella introduction that evoked the tones of harpischord and organ before the tempo settled into a medium-slow groove that propelled Osby into several choruses on which he navigated the alto’s lower register with pellucid tone. There followed an interweaving alto-accordion section in which it was hard to distinguish one timbre from the other. Da Silva unfurled a lovely, romantic solo episode, then improvised as the group developed his motif, then cued Barradas into a guitaristic, percussive solo.

Imperatives of tonal conversation and sonic speculation infused the remainder of the set, comprising “The Red Badge Of Courage,” “Manners Of Normality” and “Ignorance,” on which Barradas displayed an admixture of formidable chops, rhythmic legerdemain, a comprehensive vocabulary spanning Bach to Bird to … well, Osby …, and an unfailingly compositional sensibility.”

Find the full article here: http://downbeat.com/news/detail/funchal-fest-presents-music-at-the-intersection-of-story-and-sound

2017-10-24T10:58:02+00:00 July 20th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |