|1. Corrente (Rodrigo Pinheiro)||32:58|
|2. Mais Vale (Gabriel Ferrandini)||28:13|
|3. Ditirambo (Hernâni Faustino)||42:12|
Stewart Smith - The WIRE
In February 2018, Lisbon’s RED Trio gathered friends from Portugal and beyond to record a tenth anniversary suite. Across the three parts, RED are joined by combinations of saxophone, trumpet, trombone, vibraphone, cello and electronics. Pianist Rodrigo Pinheiro’s “Corrente” has a beautiful feature for vibist Mattias Ståhl, and an animated conversation between the horns in which Luís Vicente’s spit valve trumpet takes a star turn. Featuring Miguel Abreu’s haunted vocals, drummer Gabriel Ferrandini’s “Mais Vale” is a slow crawl of piano clusters and abstracted blues, like Jandek via Morton Feldman. Bassist Hernâni Faustino’s “Ditirambo” has a similar preoccupation with space, as Pinheiro’s questioning chords give way to Ferrandini’s skittering drums. John Butcher’s saxophone heralds the introduction of the other players, but even in the more dramatic ensemble passages, there’s an eerie sense of drift.