Gal Costa and Romero Lubambo Duo Blue Note Jazz Club November 10, 2009 New York City
For only the second time (the first having been in the fall of 2008), Brazilian singer Gal Costa and guitarist Romero Lubambo shared the stage for an evening that celebrated the music from their native land, nodding specially to the unforgettable 1958-1963 era that spawned bossa nova, arguably the country's best-known contribution to the music of the world.
The set opened with Lubambo, one of the best acoustic jazz guitarists alive today, playing a ...read more
"This is something I've wanted to do for a long time, said Brazilian guitarist Romero Lubambo about Softly during a recent Blue Note gig with Trio da Paz. This project is a collection of romantic songs that explore the various sonic textures of different guitars. On the disc, Lubambo plays all the guitars himself, including a Spanish acoustic (which he seems to favor live), an electric solid-body, a Yamaha synthesizer and also a cavaquinho, the Brazilian instrument commonly used in sambas and chorinho.
The song choices reflect the album's title. Lubambo opens with Ivan Lins' Vitoriosa (Victorious) ...read more
A fine jazz guitarist who interprets Brazilian music with a genuine spirit, Romero Lubambo brings this program forward with a lovely melodic air and mellow memories. He's included old favorites as well as bright new ones. Essential to the fabric of his session is the fact that most of these songs have lyrics. While Softly is an instrumental album, you know that he's going through the lyrics in his head. Each selection comes with a lyrical presence that makes all the difference in the world.
With Comin' Home Baby, the guitarist digs into a groove that won't fade. ...read more
Duos can be tough to pull off, especially for a whole CD, and piano/guitar duos are tougher still. It takes a special kind of mutual craftmanship and understanding for two chordal instruments to make music together without getting in each other's way. Cesar Camargo Mariano, one of Brazil's most respected arrangers and composers (and the widower of the legendary Elis Regina, that country's Edith Piaf), is also a fine player whose uncluttered approach works perfectly with that of Lubambo, the elegant first-call, New York-based Brazilian guitarist. Both have an impeccable sense of rhythm and a soulful, romantic delivery, and have ...read more