Trio Da Paz: Somewhere (2005)
Guitarist Romero Lubambo, bassist Nilson Matta, and drummer Duduka Da Fonseca have been playing together for fifteen years, a span that has seen them coalesce into a seamless outfit, each part an extension of the others in their collective understanding and development of a song. This recording speaks volumes for all of their attributes.
They switch the rhythm of "Take Five to 3/4 from 5/4, the first part of the song presented in the Maracatu rhythm of northeast Brazil at 3/4 instead of the original 4/4. Complicated? Not so. Trio Da Paz ignites the tune with a rush, Lubambo bringing in colorful textures with his chunky chords and Da Fonseca creating a lush underbrush with his fiery drumming.
The atmosphere is relaxed and warm as the players "Look to the Sky. This gentle foray is marked by Lubambo's luminous acoustic work, with Matta and Da Fonseca emphatic brothers in arms. Matta offers a pleasantly coaxing solo, but he gets the opportunity to dig another adjunct on the spirited "Babel (Samba Novo) with some melodic improvisations that turn the bass into a leading voice. They end it all with an impeccable "Corcovado, radiant and basking in the emotion that each musician so compactly instills.
Track Listing: Seven Steps to Heaven; Partido Alto; Look to the Sky; Babel (Samba Novo); Winelight; Ding Dong the Witch is Dead; Brazilian National Anthem; Take Five; Batida Differente; Somewhere; Loro; Corcovado.
Personnel: Romero Lubambo: acoustic guitar; Nilson Matta: acoustic bass; Duduka Da Fonseca: drums.
Record Label: Blue Toucan Music