Surfaces

Ernesto Rodrigues :: viola
Guilherme Rodrigues :: cello
Nuno Torres :: alto saxophone
Eduardo Chagas :: trombone
Carlos Santos :: computer

Lisbon, 2015
Recorded by John Klima at Scratch Built Studio
Mixed and mastered by Ernesto Rodrigues
Cover design by Carlos Santos
Produced by Ernesto Rodrigues
Creative Sources 2015


REVIEWS

Surfaces is a quintet album featuring regular Rodrigues collaborators Guilherme Rodrigues on cello, Nuno Torres on alto (also paired with Rodrigues in the Lisbon half of the quartet on Nor), Eduardo Chagas on trombone (also on Cloud Voices, which includes the previously unknown to me João Madeira on bass), and Carlos Santos on computer & synth (who does Creative Sources’s recent graphic design): So it’s a quintet of players rather close to the elder Rodrigues, and was recorded a mere six days after Cloud Voices, also in Lisbon in March. Surfaces — whose title I don’t really understand, given the sound production from volumes & (one-d) strings — projects something of a similar sound world, but here it really pushes forward, rather than evoking the fragility of a cloud. The momentum can be slow & subtle, perhaps largely from the electronics, but inexorable, and becomes both the strength & weakness of the album (at least within its context). The liner notes explicitly invoke the “writerly” text, and there’s a kind of Scelsian continuity, perhaps suggesting political emergence: The focus here is on emergence, then, rather than the disavowal of Nor. For all of its sporadic echoing, it comes off as ultimately irresistible. Todd McComb (Todd McComb’s Jazz Thoughts)

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