By Barry Bassis
Trio da Paz returned for the 11th consecutive
year for its residency at Dizzy’s Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center (10 Columbus
Circle; jazz.org; (212) 258-9595). Dizzy’s is the most romantic jazz club in
New York with its wall-length window facing Central Park and is the ideal venue
to hear the bossa nova sounds of the Trio.
The Brazilian super-group is composed of guitarist Romero
Lubambo, bass player Nilson Matta and drummer Duduka da Fonseca. The show was
titled “Music of Getz, Jobim & Brazilian Classics” and the trio had special
guests: vocalist Maucha Adnet, saxophone player Harry Allen and trumpeter
The set opened with the Trio alone, showing off its jazz
chops in “Melancia” (Watermelon) by Brazilian keyboard player Rique Pantoja. All
three members had a chance to solo.
For the second number, the Trio was joined by Allen and
Roditi. The piece, by Lubambo was titled “O Donato” and was a tribute to Brazilian
pianist and bossa nova pioneer Joao Donato. The piece had an easy swing and
Roditi playfully quoted “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top” in his solo.
Allen’s mellow solo recalled Stan Getz and Lubambo is one of the most fluent
guitarists on the planet.
Then Adnet joined the group and they performed songs by
Brazil’s greatest songwriter, Antonio Carlos Jobim, starting with “Ela é
Carioca” (She’s a Carioca, meaning a native of Rio de Janeiro).
Adnet began the soulful “Dindi” in Portuguese but then sang
it in English.
She didn’t tell the audience the title of the infectious “Samba
De Uma Nota So” (One Note Samba) but the bossa nova fans immediately recognized
it. When Allen played behind her, the pair were reminiscent of Getz and Astrud
The Trio played an instrumental version of Jobim’s “Insensatez”
(How Insensitive). The melancholy song deals with the end of a love affair.
The tempo switched to a more upbeat baiao rhythm on a piece
Lubambo wrote for his father. The rhythm is common to Northeastern Brazil,
where the guitarist grew up.
The guests returned for a rousing medley that included “Take
the A Train” with a samba sound.
Lubambo announced that he is moving from New Jersey to
Nevada but hopefully that won’t interfere with Trio da Paz returning for the 12th