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Quadrado 04:48
Improv. 03:40
Terminal 01:45
Ciclo 05:47
T 04:38
Oito 02:37
Alderpoint 03:44
Piglet 03:13
Giraldo 03:52
Palavras 05:51


If you were still uncertain about the relevance and the freshness of Portugal’s contributions to the worldwide jazz and improvised music circuits, this is for you: Garfo (Fork in English) is a band formed by four of the youngest generation of musicians active in the city of Lisbon. Lead by saxophonist Bernardo Tinoco, but with all members composing its repertoire, they play a empathic music with mind-puzzling structures and crossed time signatures, with lots of free improvisation to open up the frames. Coming from a family with strong ties with classical and jazz music, Bernardo has a sweet tenor sax sound rather unnusual in these domains. A former pupil of trumpeter Peter Evans, João Almeida’s sonic constructions give the maximum effect to his minimalist approach: just a few motives are enough to make a blast. Bassist João Fragoso and drummer João Sousa keep the motion with an energy that never dissolves. And that’s it: jazz turned again a music made by twenty-something years old innovators, with urgency but also a very surprising maturity. And they’re conquering the local scene, obliging the older musicians to keep the pace. It’s predictable that a new Portuguese jazz boom will come from this.


released June 18, 2021

Bernardo Tinoco tenor saxophone
João Almeida trumpet
João Fragoso double bass
João Sousa drums

1, 7 João Almeida | 3, 4, 8 Bernardo Tinoco | 5, 10 João Fragoso | 6, 9 João Sousa

Recorded at N Studio, Lisbon in December 2020 | Recorded, mixed and mastered by Hugo Romano
Produced by Garfo | Executive Production by Pedro Costa for Trem Azul | Design by Travassos


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