Electronic music with a human touch – that’s what Rafael Toral proposed himself to do when he started with the Space Program. Or electro-acoustic music, to be more exact, because his adapted amplifiers and other feedback and sinusoidal devices are combined with conventional instruments, played by fellow Portuguese musicians Nuno Torres on alto sax, Hugo Antunes on doublebass (note their superb opening section in “Black and White”) and Nuno Morão on drums (his swing in the pure-gold final section of “Landing in Copenhagen", among other suprising grooves, is stranger than Ringo’s). “Freedom of Tomorrow” is not a statement but a question (yes, “tomorrow is the question”, always true) a new opus from the Space Quartet, entirely recorded live, in concerts taking place in Coimbra, Portugal and Copenhagen, Danmark (*). Toral's "jazz-like phrasings” and the overall quartet dynamics gain from it, presenting “Freedom of Tomorrow” new steps of the ongoing explorations of this unique quartet. And unique because what you find here – if not already knowing it from previous albums – has nothing to do with the use of electronics in fusion, avant-jazz or free improvisation. Quoting Rafael Toral himself, here’s a bunch of new metaphors «to the many dimensions of the notion of space in our lives». No, not necessarily the Space in which Sun Ra inhabited. That would come with no surprises. This other music is made of surprises, from the first minute to the last.
released June 17, 2022
Rafael Toral acoustic and electronic feedback, amplifier, direction
Hugo Antunes double bass
Nuno Morão drums and percussion
Nuno Torres alto saxophone, electronic instrument
All music by Toral, Antunes, Morão, Torres, except track 4, by Toral.
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After being introduced to William Parker's work through the monumental "Migration of Silence" release, I was really excited to hear more, and I'm pleased to report that his latest offering "Mayan Space Station" continues to impress and inspire.
Parker plays with a lush and vibrant style that fully engages his audience, offering great moments of excitement and energy, along with some unexpected and inspired musical turns.
Incredible work from an artist who has fast become a personal favorite! rikm
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Energy time maddafakkas! This is hard hitting free jazz for the revolution. Listening to this you could believe it might actually happen!
Anyone who thinks Jazz is for old folks should give this a spin. It couldn’t be more contemporary to my ears. Crinklechips