Reviews that mention Goncalo Almeida

February 3, 2017

Label Profile

Trytone Records
By Ken Waxman

Although committed to bolstering the careers of musicians who live in the Netherlands, the Amsterdam-based Trytone label, doesn’t dictate what is released on its CDs, as long as “there’s a certain minimum amount of improvisation plus a sense of adventure and originality,” says clarinetist Tobias Klein, the label’s coordinator. Founded in 1998 and with 70 releases so far, the imprint is managed by a seven-person collective so that when a session is submitted for consideration “the whole team listens and decides together whether or not to release it,” he adds. MORE

May 27, 2016

Spinflex

Maximus
Trytone TT99-062

Bathysphere

Bathysphere

Driff Records CD 1502

Translating musical ideas from a small group to a big band involves more than merely writing more parts. Like scientists who evoke new laboratory procedures to properly isolate unique phenomenon, Bathysphere’s two composers and Spinflex’s three approached the seven tracks on each of these CDs with methodologies that take into account the variegated colors available from multiple players as well as the resultant juiced up solo strength. Again like researchers whose breakthroughs are predicated on earlier experiments, the CDs’ stimulating shape(s) are the result of imaginative arrangements that take the individual bands’ identities a few steps forward. MORE

September 6, 2015

Lama + Joachim Badenhorst

The Elephant’s Journey
Clean Feed CF 332 CD

By Ken Waxman

Expressing themselves on a CD that is surprisingly calm as well as cutting edge, are the members of the Lama group, who also extend the band’s internationalism with this memorable set. Consisting of trumpeter Susana Santos Silva from Porto, Portugal; plus Portuguese bassist Gonçalo Almeida and Montreal-born drummer Greg Smith, both of whom live Rotterdam; the trio’s guest on The Elephant’s Journey is Belgium clarinetist Joachim Badenhorst. Instead of adding unnecessary weight to the musical pachyderm’s load, Badenhorst joins Silva in creating resilient acoustic timbres which are buoyant enough to coordinate nicely with the other instruments’ electronic-enhanced structures. MORE

July 22, 2014

Spinifex

Hipsters Gone Ballistic
Trytone TT 559-005

Splatter

Cloudseed with Rafal Mazur

CTYCD 00106

Concisely highlighting the sometimes clashing sonic strands which are knitted together to produce contemporary European improvising ensembles are these CDs. Built around fluid quintets with almost identical personnel, Splatter, a UK-based combo and Spinifex, a band from the Netherlands, depend as much on the energy inherited by players raised on Rock as the fluid pacing and instrumental finesse expected from Jazz-oriented soloists. The memorable portions of each disc increase with the ability of each ensemble’s members to make sure any single sonic element doesn’t overwhelm the others. MORE