The pairing of the excellent Portuguese avant blockbuster the Red Trio and the ever idea-and-fire-stoker tenor-soprano John Butcher is a great idea and it sizzles its way through a wildly lively set on the recent album Summer Skyshift (Clean Feed 372).
The trio itself has been outstanding for while now. Rodrigo Pinheiro‘s piano is an explosion of wonderfully executed, dramatic ideas, Hernani Faustino responds with parallel virtuoso all-over heat, and drummer Gabriel Ferrandini gets his own sound with busy and very open creative time. Add Butcher’s over-the-top energy and timing and you have a free outing that is hard to top.
This has all the good things about live jazz, recorded in a bright flame at the Jazz em Agosto series last year.
This one is a definite cork-popper, a model of extraordinarily productive four-way inspiration. Strongly recommended!