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Rodrigo Amado

Primary Instrument: Saxophone

Born: July 15, 1964    

For Portuguese saxophonist Rodrigo Amado, improvisation isn’t only a process of making music, but an end in itself and a cause he pursues with great passion. His long span project Lisbon Improvisation Players and other groups he formed with, for instance, Ken Filiano, Steve Adams, Dennis Gonzalez, Carlos Zíngaro, Kent Kessler, Paal Nilssen-Love, Miguel Mira or Gabriel Ferrandini, all share the same method of opening the concept of real-time composition to as many perspectives as possible.

With one foot in modern jazz and the other in free improvisation, what he likes most is to play in the jazz idiom, without any tunes or preconceived structures, but forging a work of strong structure, clear direction and deep meaning, in real-time. So, his improvisation, although not free in formal terms, is free anyhow in its strategies and in the open spectrum of possibilities it offers musicians working with him. And that ambiguity is what interests him....
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    Wire Quartet

    Clean Feed Records
    2014
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    The Flame Alphabet

    NotTwo Records
    2013
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    Burning Live At Jazz AO Centro

    JACC Records
    2012
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    Searching For Adam

    Not Two Records
    2010
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    Motion Trio

    European Echoes
    2010
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    The Abstract Truth

    European Echoes
    2009
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    Surface

    European Echoes
    2007
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