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Friday, September 07, 2012

CD Review - Vitor Pereira Quintet: Doors.

Vitor Pereira (gtr); Chris Williams (alt); James Allsopp (ten); Ryan Trebilcock (bs); Eddie Hick (dms).
(Review by Lance)
An impressive, if somewhat varied, début album from Portuguese guitarist Pereira, who composed all 8 tracks, taking in many moods and genres.
Coffee Break begins in a civilised manner as befits the title but soon erupts into a scalding espresso with all participants at boiling point before cooling down. 
Andancas has Pereira soloing above the supportive horns gently handing over to some probing interplay between alto and tenor that increases in intensity to an almost Free Improv - delete almost - before they come back together with the regimentated precision of Charlie Haden's Liberation Orchestra. Reviravolta gives bassist Trebilcock his moment in the Portuguese twilight leading in to some melodic variations from saxes. The Machine is a bizarre mix of cross-rhythms before levelling out to a -  wait for it - machinelike ending.
Outra Paragens (Other Stops) sees Pereira laying down the route over a Latin based foundation. Chris Williams has a loping solo that takes it to where he wants it to go.
Doors is a blistering paint-stripper that builds to an almost unbearable climax then stops - coitus interruptus indeed! Leading to Something leads to some more interplay by the quintet interspersed with instrumental breaks in one of Pereira's more compelling themes.
The final Last Link in the Chain combines contemporary ensemble with more Free (ish) moments that don't hurt a bit - particularly when the leader's guitar takes over to ensure that sanity prevails - the final drum break by Eddie Hicks reminds us how inspirational a percussionist he is.
This is an impressive first album from a guitarist already making strides on the London scene where has been since 2004 emerging from Middlesex Uni with a BA hons in Jazz under the tuition of Stuart Hall, Mike Outran, Chris Batchelor and Nikki Iles.
Vitor Pereira Quintet: Doors - Released on F-IRE presents  F-IRECD 47 on September 17.
Lance.

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