Bruce Lee Gallanter, da Downtown Music Gallerytambém gostou de Teatro, disco do trio de Rodrigo Amado, com Kent Kessler e Paal Nilssen-Love (European Echoes).
«Excellent trio effort recorded live at the Spectrum Festival in Oporto in February of 2004 and featuring Rodrigo Amado on tenor & baritone saxes, Kent Kessler on double-bass and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums. Portuguese saxist, Rodrigo Amado, has a fine trio disc with Carlos Zingaro & Ken Filiano, as well as two great discs with the Lisbon Improvisation Players (w/ Steve Adams & Filiano), all three on Clean Feed. Rodrigo put together a great international trio with Kent Kessler (bassist for the Vandermark 5) and Paal Nilssen-Love (drummer for The Thing, Scorch Trio & various projects also w/ Vandermark) for this live date. "The Iconoclast" opens with the trio quietly burning, spinning forcefully together. There is an organic resonance here as the bass and drums move in waves together, the sax riding the waves, cresting and coasting, but never screaming. The recording is especially well-done and perfectly balanced so that this trio sounds like one solid force. I dig the way Paal uses thin chains on his drums, coaxing sizzling sounds, as well as creating a sly, understated dialogue with his two partners. On "Pandora's Box" the trio start softly and build slowly to a most exciting storm, the rhythm team spinning faster and higher as they go with Rodrigo dancing on their intense rhythmic cushion. Kent's eerie bowed bass and Rodrigo's dark, wooden-toned bari open "Teatro" as Paal sprinkles delicate cymbals. Everything moves in slow motion as is we are floating in a dream world. "Chasin' Pirandello" erupts open and with some fine blasting bari and an intense tight-knit rhythm team attached. Only six minutes long, yet colossal throughout».