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Trio da Paz at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

- Jazz and Cabaret Corner

Trio da Paz
Latin in Manhattan Festival
Brazilian Nights
Music of Stan Getz, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Cal Tjeder
Romero Lubambo on Guitar
Nilson Matta on Bass
Duduka Da Fonseca on Drums
Harry Allen on Tenor Sax
Maucha Adnet on Vocals
Joe Locke on Vibes
Frederick P. Rose Hall
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
Broadway at 60th Street
(Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola Website)
Todd Barkan, Artistic Administrator

Scott Thompson, Press

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
July 19, 2005

As part of the summertime Latin in Manhattan Festival at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Trio da Paz was featured with special guests Harry Allen on tenor saxophone, Maucha Adnet on vocals, and Joe Locke on vibes. Trio da Paz is a Brazilian band with sensual flair and exotic sound. The first piece, composed by bassist, Nilson Matta, in this second, sold-out set on the opening night of its run, began with vibes and brushes, leading to Harry Allen’s soaring sax. Soon cymbals introduced vibes with a solo riff, before Harry Allen’s breathless interpretation up and down the scale. Duduka Da Fonseca, on Latin percussion, kept the clavé beat alive, as this was not samba, but, rather, salsa.

The next piece, written by Herbie Mann, was straight jazz, fused with Latin. Harry Allen was most relaxed in this venue, blending well with each jazz genre. His versatility is a trademark. (See some Harry Allen performances). A vibraphone solo by Joe Locke was wild and vivacious, with Nilson Matta following on buoyant bass, followed by Duduka Da Fonseca’s dynamic drums, to end Keep the Spirits Singing. When Maucha Adnet joined the band, the crowd, including fans from the Brazilian community, was hushed, in anticipation of her throaty, sexy interpretation of a traditional samba. She began with quiet humming, creating unique, personal sounds to accompany the bass, then brushes. Portuguese lyrics were next, as this samba welcomed the slow sax theme of Carnivale.

Harry Allen followed with a sensitive solo, as the musicians backed him up with rhythmic samba, fit for dancing. A Buddy Powell piece was next, with Trio da Paz standing alone in brilliant form. Duduka added metal to the beat, and jazz fused to samba with significant sensuality. Romero Lubambo was featured on his virtuosic guitar, just as the trio sharply ended the song with split timing. Joe Locke joined again for a wild ride on vibes, with brushes, guitar, bass, and triangle. This piece was accented and abstract. Once again, Harry Allen and Maucha Adnet walked onstage with the band and performed, with conversing vocals and sax, one of my favorite Brazilian themes, as I remember, from the Lelouche film, Un Homme et une Femme.

A rare encore demand added guest drummer, Ronie Mesquita, from the audience, as Harry Allen and Maucha Adnet once again seamlessly shared the theme with playful Portuguese and tempting tenor sax. The guest drummer played a tiny metal drum, as this encore came to a finish, amidst audience accolades. For updated listings of Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, check out Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola Website.

Romero Lubambo, Maucha Adnet, Nilson Matta
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Joe Locke
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Ronie Mesquita, Guest, Duduka Da Fonseca
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

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