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Gal Costa & Romero Lubambo Duo at The Blue Note

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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 ...

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Romero Lubambo: Softly

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"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 ...

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Romero Lubambo: Softly

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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 ...

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Cesar Camargo Mariano and Romero Lubambo: Duo

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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 ...

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Romero Lubambo: Lubambo

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Guitar and cavaquinho virtuoso Romero Lubambo makes his solo debut on this self-titled disc, which is full of impressive original compositions. Some of my favorites: a tribute to the great Rafael Rabello, the swinging “Magalha Blues" and a superb take on Bach ("Bachiao"). If you've heard Romero before, you know that he has ferocious attack coupled with tremendous sensitivity and an extremely light touch. (Thanks to avant-garde jazzman John Zorn for coaxing Romero into this gig - we hope to ...



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