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Twelve Bass Tunes

by Hernâni Faustino

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sequência 03:20
madrigal 04:03
o ofício 02:47
luar 02:09
azulão 04:04
EIA EIA 02:35
co' os olhos 03:10
com Vénus 03:43


After taking up the double bass, Hernâni Faustino played and collaborated in a variety of contexts, such as rhythm sections or chamber music. He formed the RED trio and played all over Portugal, Europe and the USA.
He won awards for the best debut records on All About Jazz, with the Nobuyasu Furuya Trio “Bendowa” and RED trio debut cd. All About Jazz also put RED trio + Nate Wooley concert in New York on the list of "best of the year".

His collaboration with other musicians such as Rodrigo Amado, Sei Miguel, Ernesto Rodrigues and others made him a regular on the Lisbon improvised scene. He also started playing some solo concerts, music for Theater and founded the cooperative label Phonogram Unit with other musicians from Lisbon.

Autodidactic, Faustino introspectively and expressionistically encompasses a non-specific global sensibility.
It’s surprising that the Portuguese bassist didn’t record a solo until now! “Twelve Bass Tunes” provides a direct window into his world. For those interested, but unfamiliar with more outside music, there’s plenty of structure to hang on there. An open mind and an appreciation for the instrument are all that’s needed.


released July 23, 2021

Hernâni Faustino / double bass

Recorded (16.01.20) and mixed at Namouche Studios, Lisbon, by Joaquim Monte
Mastered by Simon Wadsworth
All music by Hernâni Faustino
Produced by Sei Miguel
Executive production by Phonogram Unit

Photography : Nuno Martins
Design and artwork : Sofia Faustino
Special thanks to my Family and Fala Mariam


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Hernani Faustino Portugal

After establishing his name during the Eighties as an electric bassist in alternative rock bands, Hernani Faustino turned to avant-jazz and free improvised music and chose the double bass as his self-taught instrument. Two decades later of multiple interactions with Portuguese and international musicians, he’s now considered one of the most intense and solid bassists in the Portuguese scene. ... more

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