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    Miguel, Sei – “Esfingico: Suite For a Jazz Combo” – [Clean Feed]

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    2010 release on the excellent Portugese label Clean Feed, featuring
    Brazilian import Sei Miguel. The language still works as does his
    artistic connection to his wife and bandmate Fala Mariam on the
    trombone. Sei himself works the pocket trumpet, and fellow countryman
    (and no stranger to KFJC) Rafael Toral is on electronics. On many
    of the tracks Toral is the dominant force, creating a canvas that
    already has a lot of color on it. Mostly of the galactic effects
    variety. he’s excellent on the last cut. Pedro Lourenco on electric
    bass is doing a sort of sloth crossing a busy freeway move, one
    steady step at a time. But I dug the flame fanning of acoustic bass
    he brought 9+ minutes in on “Indagacao.” Cesar Burago on percussion is
    very sparse, even at his most rhythmic on “Passaros” he’s keeping all
    toe-tappers off balance. Rightly so. His tuned percussion on the 14+
    minute “Estas as Palavras” speaks well with Mariam’s trombone. On
    that piece he later moves to some dry hand drum rub that’s pretty
    tasty. Overall, a consistent form of pointillist improv in my ears,
    but evidently Sei is a guiding hand on the score direction and pushing
    30 years so!?! Not as old as the Sphynx reference by the title, but a
    powerful puzzler.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on July 9, 2013 at 11:12 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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