Andre, you keep making music I will keep listening. Alexi Tuomarila shines on this album too. It reminds me a little of some ECM recordings, Keith Jarrett specifically in the warmth and the compositional style. Well done, I wish this was available on vinyl. The sound quality is really good as well. Kudos!
Favorite track: Snakes and Lizards.
All compositions by André Fernandes except 7 by Perico Sambeat
André Fernandes Guitar
Perico Sambeat Alto and Soprano saxophone, flute
Alexi Tuomarila Piano
Demian Cabaud Bass
Iago Fernandez Drums
Marcelo Araújo percussion on 2 and 6
Paulo Gaspar bass clarinet on 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6
Desidério Lázaro: tenor saxophone on 2 and 6
Gonçalo Marques: trumpet and flugelhorn on 2 and 6
Recorded May 6 and 7 2015 at Timbuktu Studios by Luis Delgado.
Mixed and mastered by André Fernandes.
released February 12, 2016
‘Dream Keeper’ is a high-class and innovative set of originals that marks the first major international release from Portuguese guitarist and composer Andre Fernandes.
Since 2002 Lisbon-born Fernandes has generated a wave of glowing reviews for appearances with some of the finest international musicians. As a beacon of inspirational energy and determined spirit in his native Portugal, Fernandes has been described by Portuguese music critic, Rui Eduardo Paes, as ‘one of the most important Portuguese jazz musicians today, with credits that largely surpass the field of jazz and a continuous ability to surprise us’.
‘Dream Keeper’ is a career defining album that draws together Andre’s strengths as composer, player and bandleader, with the help of a stellar cast of musicians, into one coherent and well-executed album. ‘Dream Keeper’ confirms Andre’s promise and offers him an opportunity to approach a global audience and ignite a glowing international career.
Born in Lisbon in 1976, Andre Fernandes is a natural leader with an entrepreneurial spirit. In 2002, he formed T.O.A.P. (Tone of A Pitch), his own imprint, as a way to take control of his own destiny and as a vehicle for his talented cohorts. Driven by the desire to collaborate and an empathy and respect for his band mates, Andre has plenty to give. Compositionally, the music is bold with a determined spirit drawing on a wide array of influences and colours. As a player, Andre has a commanding sound with inventive use of pedals, tones and colour. As a bandleader, he leaves space for others to shine and is able to bring the best performances from his musicians. There’s obvious mutual respect and friendship on offer and the music is the better for it.
If ‘Dream Keeper’ is a sign of what is to come for this young, incredibly talented guitarist, then the next few years look very exciting.
Besides blazing virtuosity, the members of this jazz trio have the capability of composing extensive and wonderfully complex themes. For people like me, who enjoy a good balance of predefined structure and clever improvisation, this album is the ideal combination of both. Sven B. Schreiber
This is really good music, performed by excellent musicians. I never tire of listening to this on vinyl. It is obvious the musicians are enjoying themselves and have a very cohesive group. I would highly recommend this to anyone wanting a great listen of new jazz. john greenwood
I received the vinyl today. Not only is the music top shelf, extremely well played with such style and ease, the recording is great too. Edition has figured it out. Great musicians with excellent compositions produced with an eye on quality that even a casual listener will appreciate. This album has a light and warm feeling to it. Thank you for the Music, sincerely, it brings hours of pleasure listening to it. john greenwood