North And The Red Stream

North And The Red Stream

RED trio + Mathias Ståhl

Live concert with Mattias Ståhl in Kaunas, Lithuania on November 2013.


Mattias Ståhl (vibraphone)
Rodrigo Pinheiro (piano)
Hernani Faustino (double bass)
Gabriel Ferrandini (drums)


All music by Rodrigo Pinheiro, Hernani Faustino, Gabriel Ferrandini and Mattias Ståhl
Recorded live at VDU Jazz Festival Kaunas, November 9, 2013
Recorded, mixed and masterded by Arūnas Zujus
Cover photo by Nuno Moita
Photos by Danas Mikailionis
Design by Oskaras Anosovas
Produced by RED trio and Danas Mikailionis
Co-produced by Valerij Anosov

Release date
Aug. 1, 2014
NoBusiness Records - NBCD 69
Disc format


I bring this up because Pinheiro and Stahl do a great job on this set travelling in and out from a harmonic to a lining approach. In a free context where there are implied key centers but lots of freedom of choice, the two players work especially well together in choosing lines and harmonic voicings. And by so doing you get a distinct kind of spontaneous fullness that Hernani on bass responds to rather brilliantly and Gabriel absorbs and in turn sets up various inventive pitched and unpitched washes of percussion.

Pinheiro shows himself at his most demonstrative at the start of "North," working in squalls of notes. He moves through swelling crescendos, angular comping and insistent tremolos. Several passages of artfully combined textures derived from hammered piano, cymbals and rattling vibes, such as that around the 10-minute mark in the same piece, show recognition of a fertile gambit.

Pinheiro’s playing has some of Cecil Taylor’s markers, but he’s developed his own vocabulary that contains more use of space and silence than any of Taylor’s work, along with the way he dampens his strings to generate percussive effects.