Cícero Lee is a restless researcher of his instrument, the electric bass, whose personal goal is to achieve a degree of expressiveness and dexterity that may indeed be noteworthy. It's a winding route of great dedication, which he cannot abdicate. He is also a double bassist, composer, teacher, photographer, and a strong presence in the portuguese music scene in genres ranging from Jazz to Pop-Rock, World Music and Traditional portuguese Music. His second album as a leader, called “Those Who Stay” was released in November 2015 with the support of RTP Antena 2, a national radio station. His first album, “Ventos” (Sintoma Records, 2013) led him, between 2013 and 2014, to act in dozens of clubs and jazz festivals in Portugal and other European countries. He collaborates actively with historic musician Luis Represas since 2009, with whom he has had the opportunity to get to know Portugal in a deeper way.
This musical relationship has created him the chance to collaborate with fundamental artists in the history of portuguese related music. Here, names such as Ricardo Ribeiro, João Gil, Martinho da Vila, Stewart Sukuma, Jorge Palma stand out joining others from other collaborations, such as Chico Cesar, Cristina Branco, Rao Kyao, Paulo de Carvalho, Elisa Rodrigues, Janita Salomé, and many more who have served to enrich Cícero as an artist musician.
This career led him to set foot on prominent stages, such as the Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon Coliseum, Rock In Rio, among many others. As a student, he had, in 2008, the opportunity to study at the Bass Collective in New York, and also privately with Jeff Andrews, Matthew Garrison, Lincoln Goines and Doug Weiss. As a teacher, he is entirely dedicated since 2005 to an educational project – Interartes School of Music in Cascais, where he is also coordinator. From time to time he also teaches workshops and masterclasses. In the near future, Cicero Lee plans to devote himself increasingly to the study of music in general, deepen the relation with his chosen instrument - the electric bass - and to create independent works within music and photography.
1. Vigílias (in memoriam: Al Berto) 5:48
2. Ten Miles From the Sky 4:22
3. Heartbeats 7:10
4. Those Who Stay 5:38
5. Brooklyn 5:47
6. A Reminder 1:09
7. Memórias de Louredo 7:42
8. We Shall Prevail 6:23
9. Dorme Meu Menino (para Matias e Caetano) 6:10
Cícero Lee - double bass
Carlos Garcia - piano
José Salgueiro - drums
Desidério Lázaro - saxophone (tracks 2,5,7 and 8)
João Frade - accordion (tracks 2,3,6 and 8)
Tiago Oliveira - guitar (tracks 2,4 and 5)
All compositions by Cícero Lee except for "a reminder" (Cícero Lee/João Frade)
and "dorme meu menino" (portuguese traditional adapted by Carlos Garcia)
Recorded at Canoa Studios, March 2015