Reviews that mention João Almeida

July 23, 2021

João Almeida

Solo Sessions* IIII
JARECORDS JAR001

Gijs Levelt

Spoken

Level T Records LTR 6711

Joe Moffett

Stress Positions

NeitherNor n/n 017

Expanding the solo trumpet paradigm, inventive players are advancing novel strategies coupling effects, electronics and extended techniques with improvisational strategies. Two brass stylists here build their advances acoustically, while the third uses a set of pedals to achieve personal effects. That’s Dutch trumpeter Gijs Levelt, known for his work with the Amsterdam Klezmer Band, who mated his trumpet with a Whammy Pitch Shifter, Echo 1 Delay, Ditto Looper, EHX Freeze and a Line 6 Filter Modeller during Spoken’s 11 tracks. In contrast the sounds on Solo Sessions* IIII by Portuguese trumpeter João Almeida, who has worked with Albert Cirera, uses only breath, fingering, valves, bell and tubing. It’s the same for Brooklyn brass player Joe Moffett, who plays with Carlo Costa and his five Stress Positions. MORE