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Three years after “Teatro”, his first trio recording with North-American double-bass player Kent Kessler and Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love, widely acclaimed by international reviewers and considered by many a major chapter in Portuguese jazz history, Rodrigo Amado releases “The Abstract Truth”, an homage to the art of Italian painter Giorgio de Chirico.

A studio recording, “The Abstract Truth” is all about the truth that exists in the act of total improvisation, a complex and demanding discipline that projects, unbiased, what a musician truly is.


released January 1, 2009

Rodrigo Amado – tenor & baritone saxophones
Kent Kessler – double bass
Paal Nilssen-Love – drums

All compositions by Amado / Kessler / Nilssen-Love

This record is dedicated to my wife Eva. It is also an homage to the paintings of Giorgio De Chirico, whose work, through my father, influenced me so much.

Recorded and Mixed by Nelson Carvalho at Estúdios Valentim de Carvalho, Lisbon, July 14th, 2008
Produced by Rodrigo Amado
Photos by Rodrigo Amado / Cover Painting by Manuel Amado
Design by Rui Garrido

Special thanks to António Mega Ferreira, Miguel Leal Coelho, Pedro Santos, Nelson Carvalho, Hernâni Faustino and Rui Garrido



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Rodrigo Amado Lisbon, Portugal

Recently voted as #1 Tenor Saxophonist on El Intruso International Critics Poll, as stated by a poll of 50 critics and writers from 18 countries, Rodrigo Amado frequently tours Europe and North America with his own groups. Stuart Broomer wrote: "Amado is an emerging master of a great tradition, more apparent with each new recording or performance." ... more

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