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.
Yet another very delicious ride on the adventure that is Phronesis. Complex without losing musicality.
Only downside on this is the production has a rather irritating level boost at the quiet end of the tracks. Peter Jones