304

Luciana Souza: Duos II

Brandt Reiter By

Sign in to view read count
Luciana Souza: Duos II This followup to singer Luciana Souza's 2002 Grammy-nominated Brazilian Duos charts much the same territory: it's a lilting, luscious record of acoustic Brazilian song interpreted through guitar and voice duets—and, if anything, it's even better than its excellent predecessor. Guitarists Romero Lubambo and Marco Pereira return from the previous project, appearing on five and three cuts, respectively, out of the disc's twelve, with newcomers Swami Jr. and New York-based Guilherme Monteiro each logging two.

It's no surprise that the brilliant Lubambo grabs the lion's share of tracks on Duos II. A virtuoso's virtuoso, Lubambo has been Souza's most frequent touring and recording partner, and their rapport, which was on high display last month at Jazz Standard, has grown almost unearthly. In her liner notes for the new disc, Souza (pronounced SOH-za) states, "It has become clear to me how well the guitar can represent all of the elements of [Brazilian music]: the rich harmonies, the strong melodic content, the percussiveness, the varied rhythms and diverse styles.

Lubambo, on the disc and in performance, embodies these words. Having him onstage is like having an entire quartet present; you have to keep reminding yourself that it's only one man. He also shares Souza's warm, generous performing presence, and both onstage and on record he joyfully pushes her to her greatest heights. "Sambadalú, a devilishly twisting choro written expressly for Souza by Pereira, is a lively tour de force on the new disc; at the Standard, with Romero taking over the guitar, it quickly ascended into the sublime.

Souza continues to develop as a singer; on Duos II her pitch-perfect alto voice, which she often uses to match her partners' fleet-fingered guitar runs note for note, is more supple and expressive than ever. A deft manipulator of dynamics and master of the small detail, Souza gives full emotional expression to even the quietest-voiced moments, and she can break your heart as quickly as make you drop your jaw in astonishment. It's immaterial that she sings entirely in Portuguese on the disc; whenever she touches anything like Ivan Lins' "Aparecida (nothing short of ravishing on Duos II), the story is immediately crystal clear.

Other highlights include her godfather Hermeto Pascoal's playful "Chorino Pra Ele, which once more shows off her synchronicity with Lubambo to startling effect; the blissful, fast-paced "Sai Dessa, again with Lubambo; Caetano Veloso's delicate "No Carnaval ; and the reverie-like closer, "Você, written by Souza's musician parents Walter Santos and Tereza Souza in 1960 and never before recorded. The sole track to use electric guitar, "Você, is a beautiful finish to an altogether superb disc.


Track Listing: Sai Dessa; Nos Horizontes do Mundo; A Flor e o Espinho/Juizo Final; Muita Bobeira; Modinha; No Carnaval/Vento; Sambadal (para Luciana Souza); Aparecida; Trocando em Midos; Chorinho Pra Ele; Atrs da Porta; Voc.

Personnel: Luciana Souza: vocals; Romero Lubambo: classical guitar; Marco Pereira: seven-string requinto guitar, classical guitar; Swami Jr.: seven-string guitar; Guilherme Monteiro: classical guitar, electric guitar.

Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: Sunnyside Records | Style: Brazilian


Shop

More Articles

Read Over the Rainbow CD/LP/Track Review Over the Rainbow
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Before The Silence CD/LP/Track Review Before The Silence
by John Sharpe
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1 CD/LP/Track Review Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Backlog CD/LP/Track Review Backlog
by Mark F. Turner
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Process And Reality CD/LP/Track Review Process And Reality
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 24, 2017
Read The Picasso Zone CD/LP/Track Review The Picasso Zone
by Franz A. Matzner
Published: February 23, 2017
Read "Arrhythmia" CD/LP/Track Review Arrhythmia
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 25, 2016
Read "District Six" CD/LP/Track Review District Six
by Mark Sullivan
Published: April 3, 2016
Read "Holding The Stage: Road Shows, Vol. 4" CD/LP/Track Review Holding The Stage: Road Shows, Vol. 4
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 17, 2016
Read "Dream Delivery" CD/LP/Track Review Dream Delivery
by Dave Wayne
Published: July 28, 2016
Read "El Barranco" CD/LP/Track Review El Barranco
by Roger Farbey
Published: July 11, 2016
Read "Sus" CD/LP/Track Review Sus
by Geno Thackara
Published: October 12, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!