The Latin Tinge: Small Band Style
Buried in Trio Da Paz's Live At Jazzbaltica is a standard that guitarist Romero Lubambo included on his album Softly (MaxJazz, 2006). There Lubambo weaved a Brazilian carpet with the bop classic "All The Things You Are." In a full band treatment, with vibraphonist Joe Locke to boot, Lubambo's original solo conception is vastly expanded.
Previous trio recordings, Café (Malandro Records, 2002) and Somewhere (Blue Toucan Music, 2005), fine as they are, only hint at the power this band has in concert. Da Fonseca is a powerhouse who can drive an entire performance by sheer will. Lubambo is a fabulously fast guitarist who spars effectively with the equally fast Joe Locke. Virtuosity is the order of the day on this disc.
Quieter moments do prevail and one is Jobim's perfect "Wave." The Trio and Locke together variously paint broad basic color strokes, as on "Pro Flavio," a Spanish guitar juggernaut, and finely detailed pastels, as on "Wave." Live At Jazzbaltica is among the best of the best Latin jazz releases, with the addition of Joe Locke only a plus for the already heady talents of the Trio Da Paz.
Tracks and Personnel
Taking The Soul For A Walk
Tracks: Taking The Soul For A Walk; The Sooner The Better; En Las Ruinas De Su Infancia; Until The Last Minute; Comandante; Just Say It; Tell Me About Her Two Excuses; I Felt You Were Coming Prelude Para Rosa; You'll Never Say Yes; Emergency Call.
Personnel: Peter Apfelbaum: soprano and tenor saxophone, melodica; Avishai Cohen: trumpet; Yosvany Terry: soprano and alto saxophone; Manuel Valera: piano; Yunior Terry: bass; Dafnis Prieto: drums; Itai Kriss: flute (10).
Buenos Aires Report
Tracks: Buenos Aires Report; Pajaro Angel; Places; Milonga Para Hermeto; Blues Porteño; Elegante Canyenguito; Muchacha De Boedo; Buenos Aires Dark; Libertango.
Personnel: Pablo Ziegler: piano; Quique Sinesi: guitars; Walter Castro: bandoneon.
Tracks: Sambatropolis; Nem Lá Nem Lá; Ocean Lights; The Bee; Fotografia; Hot And Stuffy; Voce Vai Ver; You Don't Know What Love Is; Choro De Neve; A Summer In San Francisco; Bernie's Tune.
Personnel: Hendrik Meurkens: harmonica, vibraphone (2,7,8,10,11); Rodrigo Ursaia: tenor saxophone (1,2,4-6,9), flute (3,7); Jed Levy: tenor saxophone (1,5,8,10,11), flute (2); Helio Alves: piano; Ian Macdonald: piano (8,11); Pedro Ramos: cavaquinho (9); Gustavo amarante: bass; Adriano Santos: drums (2,4,6-11), Mauricio Zottarelli: drums (1); Duduka Da Fonseca: drums (3,5).
Live At Jazz Baltica
Tracks: Dona Maria; Copacabana; Pro Flavio; Sword Of Whispers; Bachiao; Wave; All The Things You Are; Look To The Sky.
Personnel: Romero Lubambo: guitar; Nilson Matta: bass; Duduka Da Fonseca: drums; Joe Locke: vibes.