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. The expressive nuances of his interpretation carry far and wide. "Time After Time wafts gently on the breeze like a careless thought. Lubambo gives "I Fall in Love Too Easily a gentle reflection that carries emotional textures in its wake. "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning comes with just the right touch of tenderness, while Jobim's upbeat "Happy Madness prances with a lively thrill.
The guitarist's original songs add a warm caress to the program that extends beyond its borders. Several of his compositions are so smooth that they'd calm a raging thunderstorm in a matter of minutes. Softly represents a laid-back interpretation of life in the slow lane.
Throughout the session Lubambo uses multitracking to fill his interpretations with plenty of rhythm and harmony. The real star of the show, however, is the lovely melody that he pulls from his guitar through each of the fourteen songs.
Track Listing: Vitoriosa; Just the Two of Us; Nature
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good. I was 16 at the time. I went to Tower Records and purchased a CD by Wes, and I was hooked from the very first ten seconds. The sound of the song Lolita illuminated my bedroom, as I just sat back amazed at how colorful and soulful this music was--I understood it, even though at the time I didn't understand how to go about playing it. I get chills listening to Wes' solo on Lolita, and I can still listen to that song ten times in a row and never get tired of it. There is a truly timeless quality to genuinely spontaneous jazz music, and it is that quality that has inspired me to devote my life to studying and playing this music.