Vitor Pereira Quintet, The Hero ****

Consider yourself as the innocent, everyman, hero, outlaw. Or the explorer, creator, ruler, magician, lover, care giver, jester, sage. Perhaps you are all of these even, some, or none at all. In any case without really being overly literal while …

Published: 12 Jul 2022. Updated: 28 days.

Consider yourself as the innocent, everyman, hero, outlaw. Or the explorer, creator, ruler, magician, lover, care giver, jester, sage. Perhaps you are all of these even, some, or none at all.

In any case without really being overly literal while however by all means remaining playful - don't shrink from such analysis as one way in here.

And does it chime with what's on Jung following such a conceit when 'The Hero' is the focus and the pick of the tracks so far reveals double bassist Mick Coady so broodingly confident at the root of the sound?

Yes. The tempo picked out is a swinging lope. Agile Portuguese Londoner guitarist Vitor Pereira is John Abercrombie-like as the piece unfolds. Personnel include Led Bib avant alto ace Chris Williams who is as unadorned as he is achingly bluesy. Drummer Adam Teixeira and the tenorist Alam Nathoo, known for his work with top Welsh bassist Huw V Williams, are the others.

Jung is Pereira's fourth album and follows sustained immersion in the vast literature surrounding the Swiss founder of analytical psychology, Carl Jung (1875-1961). Vitor notes ''it’s not in any way necessary to know about Jung’s work to enjoy this record'' and while unclunkily cerebral music-making by a talented band adept at uncoiling Pereira's agreeably taut originals, 'The Hero,' all eight minutes-plus of it, proves highly accessible on the ample evidence so far.

Especially absorbing of the three tracks streaming at the moment the piece resounds most of all on offer beyond the usual routines and a pause from pondering further personal type-casting. Following the guitarist's brainwave of a lead as much to end as return chin-strokingly to where we began not many paragraphs ago makes consummate sense. Click to buy. Vitor Pereira, top, press

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