Clocks And Clouds //

Album label: 
Release date: 
01/04/2014
Recording location: 
Recorded 13th April 2013 at Namouche Studios, Lisboa
Recording date: 
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Mastering engineer: 
Rodrigo Pinheiro
Mixing engineer: 
Clocks And Clouds
Producer: 
Clocks And Clouds
Recording engineer: 
Joaquim Monte
  • 1. Iridescence (11:40)
  • 2. Ophidian Dance (04:22)
  • 3. Strangely Addictive (05:27)
  • 4. Compression Test (18:02)
  • 5. Trios (03:55)
  • 6. Hunting Song (02:09)
  • 7. Smoke Blows Back (08:22)

Hernani Faustino - Double Bass
Marco Franco - Drums
Rodrigo Pinheiro - Piano
Luis Vicente - Trumpet

On Clocks and Clouds, Portuguese trumpeter Luis Vicente is joined by two-thirds of the RED Trio, pianist Rodrigo Pinheiro and bassist Hernani Faustino. Marco Franco, who started out drumming in metal bands, takes the place of Gabriel Ferrandini.

Clocks and Cloudsrefers to Ligeti’s composition of the same name, which itself was a reference to philosopher Karl Raimund Popper’s essay “On Clocks and Clouds.” Popper wrote of natural processes that can be measured exactly (“Clocks”) and those that are indefinite and can only be described in approximation (“Clouds”).

Based on my limited experience with the RED Trio’s music, I thought Clocks and Cloudswas going to be a minimal, lower-case affair. Boy was I wrong, but gladly so, because this is a free improv record that has some muscle.

Vincente does a nice job expressing himself through both traditional and extended techniques, with the open horn and with a mute. Pinheiro sounds like two piano players at times, exploring the extremes of both the lower and upper registers of his instrument. The RED Trio is a group that’s never really clicked for me for some reason, but with Franco in the driver’s seat things really take flight. The whole group engages in lightening quick reactions to each other, and sounds animated and more assertive than I expected.