This is Our Music review by Andrew Forbes

CF 253Hugo Carvalhais – Particula (CF 253)
Portuguese label Clean Feed releases a few essential discs every year because they are adept at finding and supporting great talent, much of it European. In bassist Hugo Carvalhais, they have uncovered a wonderful player and composer close to their home base of Lisbon. Carvalhais is a subtle composer with a gift for exploiting his bandmates’ strengths. On Particula, the group of Carvalhais, Emile Parisien (sax), Mario Costa (drums), Gabriel Pinto (piano), and Dominique Pifarely (violin) sound something like a cross between Rob Mazurek’s smaller groups and legendary composer/arranger George Russell’s Space Age compositions. Inventive, lyrical, bracing, and highly recommended.

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