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Caramoor Jazz Festival 2005: Day 2

By Published: August 24, 2005
Souza's group played music based on poetry, as she is wont to do, and also tunes from the Jobim book. The trio behind her was first-rate — Scott Colley on bass, Nasheet Waits on drums and Bruce Barth on the ivories. Souza's voice was rich and melodic. "No More Blues was done on Portuguese, and "Waters of March, she said, was purposely edited down because she couldn't get through he unusually long and varied lyric. They were both beautiful. "The Thrill is Gone ... (not B.B.'s)... had a bop-swing kind of feel and Souza was at home in a scattish solo that even had room for quotes from Miles Davis' trumpet solo on the original "So What.

Green and Malone reminded somewhat of an Oscar Peterson-Joe Pass paring, but perhaps minus some of the daring. Green is a technically proficient player, and Malone can be a monster. The music of the two is pleasing, but lacks a certain fire. They have a camaraderie, but not an edge. Still, tunes like "Strollin and "It's All Right With me were enjoyable. each did a laid back solo, "We'll Be Together Again from the piano and "You've Got a Fiend from the guitar. Milt Jackson's "Reunion Blues was a cooker. It suited the duo, who struck a strong groove and scored.

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