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Dean's Review Of A Fellow Progressive Jazz Band

Stratos founder Dean De Benedictis recently reviewed a fellow progressive jazz band called Pãodemónio. They are based in Portugal and they deserve a listen if you like forms of progressive jazz.

(Pãodemónio em review pelo músico e produtor norte americano internacionalmente aclamado: Dean De Benedictis (aka) Surface 10. É favor ler e partilhar.)

“Among a dozen genres that are not considered mainstream, I've been an alternative jazz and fusion connoisseur all my adult life. Being a diatonic and melodic enthusiast - even though still uncommercial in my tastes - I listen less frequently to chromatic music, noise, free jazz, or anything falling under an avant canopy.

Sure, avant music tends to be so extreme in it's dissonance that it scares off even us general underground listeners. However, I've always made exceptions for certain bands and artists whom I feel take avant mentality to a new level. The Portuguese progressive jazz band Paodemonio is now one of those bands for me. They have only one album under their belt so far, entitled "Pirracas Pueris," but this album has the power to win over any avant jazz enthusiast worth their weight.

If you gather together Steve Coleman, Ornette Coleman, Marty Fogel, Magma, The Five UUs, Tigran Hamasyan, Kneebody, Nels Cline and Michael Brecker (regardless of the fact that some of these people are deceased), held them at gunpoint and told them to collaborate nicely under the threat of death, the album "Pirracas Pueris" might sound like the result, even though stripped down and completely instrumental.

Paodemonio is one of those rare and interesting bands dwelling somewhere between the realm of free jazz and funk. I suppose what makes this band particularly interesting to me is the fact that they are not playing chromatically or tamberal, an approach typically used by the free jazz and avant community.

Aside from practicing great dynamics and sense of texture, Paodemonio actually tends to use modes that are not commonly used, rather then fly freely into chromatic territory. It's almost as though they are suggesting a new form of idiomatic music, even though it can't be called pretty or geographically cultured by any stretch. Further, aside from Paodemonio's innovative arrangements, their skill and energy as musicians make for a constantly entertaining listen. This is a notable jazz fusion band to me, and I truly look forward to their next album release.”

Podem conhecer o trabalho de Dean de Benedictis aka Surface 10 aqui:

Thanks a lot for your kind words Dean de Benedictis! =)

Pãodemónio's music:

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