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Trio Da Paz CD Release Event at Jazz Standard

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Trio da Paz
Jazz Standard
116 East 27th Street, NYC
Romero Lubambo - Guitar
Nilson Matta - Bass
Duduka Da Fonseca - Drums

Performing selections from their new CD Somewhere
Blue Toucan BTM 005
Publicity: Jim Eigo:

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
October 15, 2005

(See Other Reviews of Trio da Paz).
JazzPromo Notes: After a three-year absence from the recording studio that must seem like an eternity for their followers, Trio Da Paz returns with “Somewhere”, to be released September 20 on the Blue Toucan label. It's a celebration of the famed trio's singular artistry, loaded with the kind of exquisite, virtuosic, and illuminating performances that have made them one of the world's most popular exponents of Brazilian jazz of the past two decades. The 13-track program ranges from bossa nova classics of their homeland to modern jazz standards, well-known motion picture themes, and even the Brazilian National Anthem. Although the works represent different cultures and time periods, all are linked through the trio's highly intuitive readings via the common language of jazz samba and bossa.

A lively Brazilian Samba opened this second set of a CD release event, with Nilson Matta’s rapid, soulful bass. Fast, frantic, and fanciful passages ensued. This was an exotic opening, as Duduka Da Fonseca added the triangle to the percussive mix, with Nilson’s creative and surreal interludes. Dissonant, driven dynamics were highlighted throughout the music. In Somewhere Romero Lubambo took the lead, with Duduka on an existential moment, adding brushes and then sticks to metal, as Nilson Matta contrasted the mood with intense bass fingering.

The next piece included an extended bass solo on an unfamiliar melody. It was deep, with occasional splashes of bright strings, just as Romero switched to Samba. Seamlessly, Duduka snapped against metal for a clavé rhythm and drum roll. I thought I was at Carnivale in Rio! The next piece, full Brazilian Samba as well, was sensational and stunning. Almost as fast as this rhythm was a sudden shift in mood, as a Jobim piece, sultry and summery, mesmerized The Standard. There was even one work reminiscent of the wicked witch in Wizard of Oz, a nod to Somewhere…Over the Rainbow. An encore brought back Samba, with an infectious theme, and cymbals and sticks resounded into a raging rhythm. I would recommend purchasing Somewhere, a CD in stores everywhere.
Trio Da Paz will be performing on March 13, 2006 at the - AC Pianocraft, Inc. Piano-Plus Jazz Series with Harry Allen on Saxophone.

Nilson Matta, Duduka Da Fonseca, Romero Lubambo
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Andy Barker (Jazz Standard Manager), Roberta, Romero Lubambo
Photo courtesy of Marjana

Duduka Da Fonseca and Maucha Adnet
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Marjana and Maucha
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

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