A trumpet player of reference for the composition of the beautiful jazz mosaic of this country, Luís Vicente has worked continuously and courageously for over a decade on his approach to the instrument in a public process of undeniable and deserved recognition. In a crescendo of activity, he has been tracing his path with patience, forging alliances, welcoming teachings and in that act forging a multiple language of directions and forms, where the technical capacity, schooled and experienced in the field, allows itself to be contaminated by lyricism, exploration and techniques more or less extended, more or less traditional, but each time more articulated and his own. The constant peregrination that has taken him to play all over Europe and the growing discography is a mark of that, in a network of connections that took him to play with luminaries such as Hamid Drake or William Parker and to establish complicities with musicians such as John Dikeman, Vasco Trilla or Onno Govaert and to erect his own trio and quartet, besides countless more or less stable formations with records in labels such as Clean Feed, NoBusiness, JACC Records or Multikulti Project.
With a path in tune with Vicente’s, drummer Andrew Lisle is cementing his place in the legacy of British jazz and improvised music. A former resident of Lisbon, it was here that he began to focus on a trajectory of growing cartography after finishing his course at the Leeds Conservatoire. Over here, he took the pulse of the improvised and jazz scene, with its vital creative epicentre in the old Clean Feed shop, making friends and playing with several of the figures that gave him value and creating links that still remain to this day. Meanwhile back in his home country he has been exploring the drums as an instrument of total rhythmic and harmonic expression, capable of surrendering himself to the liberating fire of fire music in a vortex of snare drums, broken beats and a notion of continuous movement as free as it is contemplated. A rich and informed lexicon that has led him to play continuously in the Kodian Trio with Colin Webster and Dirk Serries, with John Edwards or in various John Dikeman formations. He finds himself here with Vicente setting a new benchmark for the journey of both. BS