All About Jazz New York review by Andrey Henkin

Clean Feed Fest NY V
With its fifth annual festival in New York, the Portuguese label Clean Feed accomplished the simultaneous purpose of highlighting individual artists as well as its larger aesthetic mission. Each night of the three-day celebration at Cornelia Street Café presented working bands from Europe and the States, two wellsprings from which the imprint draws its talent. The final evening (May 9th) was the most obvious example of this dichotomy: the half Portuguese-half-Italian quartet Tetterapadequ sharing a billing with New York saxophonist Tony Malaby’s Voladores group. The audience was highly partisan, Portuguese bubbling up before the concert and during intermission, eager to hear Tetterapadequ’s particular brand of amorphous jazz. This owed more to the American avant garde of the late ‘60s, á la Paul Bley or even Wayne Shorter, in its spaciousness, particularly pianist Giovanni di Domenico, the band spiking only rarely in favor of rounder edges, skirting dissonance with a Southern European romanticism. Malaby only had drummer Tom Rainey from the 2009 album in tow, the rest of the band filled out by bassist Sean Conly (himself a Clean Feed artist) and percussionist Satoshi Takeishi. Though known for his bombast, the leader was carried away by the activist bassist and the healthily-competing, and quite different, drummers, a liontamer locked inside a cage of his own making, content to add an emotional layer on top of the cerebral onslaught.

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