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Matéria Prima
Carlos Bica



“Carlos Bica + Prima Matéria” confirms Bica as one of Portugal’s most important jazz musicians and reaffirms his
key role in the development of new perspectives for Portuguese jazz. The CD is packed with songs recorded at
three memorable concerts in three memorable locations, Culturgest, Casa da Música, and the Orient Museum. In
this project, one of the most challenging of his career, Bica gives rein to his enormous talent as an arranger and
songwriter, achieving a remarkable balance between folk elements and a unique vision for modern jazz. In eight
original songs and two covers — one from Marc Ribot and a Ry Cooder classic, “Paris Texas” — all conceived as
launching pads for improvisation, “Carlos Bica + Prima Matéria” is a kaleidoscope of strong emotions and is a
brilliant document of unique events. For these concerts Bica, who is an established jazz bassist in Portugal and
Berlin (he splits his time between these two locations), recruited three versatile Portuguese musicians, pianist
João Paulo, guitarist Mário Delgado, and drummer João Lobo. To that stew he mixed in the young trumpeter
Matthias Shriefl,a rising presence in the new German jazz. Together they expand Bica’s extraordinary musical
universe, a constellation that spans jazz, blues, rock, pop and ambient music. This original sound world moves the
listener through the landscapes of the great spaces, evoking artists as diverse as Ry Cooder, Michael Nyman,
Radiohead, Carla Bley, Bill Frisell, and Tom Waits. With a discography punctuated by such standout recordings as
“Azul” (considered by many to be the “great” album of Portuguese jazz), “Believer” and “Single” (exceptional solo
bass recording), Bica continues to innovate and surprise. Here he continues a multifaceted career that has led him
to collaborate with artists such as Maria João, Carlos do Carmo, José Mário Branco, Camané, Pedro Caldeira
Cabral, Janita Salomé, Ray Anderson, Kenny Wheeler, Aki Takase, Lee Konitz, Alexander von Schlippenbach ,
Albert Mangelsdorf, Joey Baron, Matthias Schubert, John Zorn, Paolo Fresu, and Markus Stockhausen, among
many others. What surprises him more than their individual qualities as musicians, he says, “is the emotional
intelligence that distinguishes the different ways of telling a story through the raw material that sound is.”

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