Free Jazz review by Paul Acquaro

a little bit of jazz…:-)

Luis Lopes – Lisbon Berlin Trio (CF 234)
****
Lisbon Berlin Trio starts with the scratching and scraping of picks across the coils of round wound electric guitar strings. Percussion rattles below and a bowed bass fills the space in between. The muted soundscape grows and soon the guitar is lashing out with distorted chord tones and a disjointed rock-ish melody. By the end of the tune, the song is far from where it began. While it seems like the ten minute long ‘Hang Out With’ covers a lot of ground, other vibes permeat this album as well.

The probing bass on song ‘Mutant Free 1’ invites Lopes to play flowing and rhythmically punchy lines. The percussion adds pulse to the mounting tension, ultimately breaking down into free sputters, scratches and plucks. Most likely entirely improvised, each song is listenable and interesting, featuring thoughtful and controlled playing, but also the…

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