Trio Da Paz & Joe Locke: Bachião




Trio Da Paz & Joe Locke


Live at JazzBaltica (MaxJazz 140701)

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Joe Locke (vibes), Romero Lubambo (guitar), Nilson Matta (bass), Duduka da Fonseca (drums).

Composed by Romero Lubambo


Recorded: live at JazzBaltica, Salzau, Germany, July 1, 2007


Rating: 96/100 (learn more)

Combine the technical prowess and passion of Joe Locke and Romero Lubambo, and you can't help but ignite fireworks, namely exciting Brazilian jazz. Add the other dynamic members of Trio da Paz, Matta and Fonseca, and the sky's the limit.

"Bachião" was previously recorded by Trio da Paz with Kenny Barron for the pianist's Canta Brasil CD, and remains one of Lubambo's most engaging compositions. The title itself mixes Bach with "baião," a Northern Brazilian rhythmic genre. After Lubambo's lyrical and poignant intro, the circular, strutting theme is introduced, which culminates in a "La Fiesta" type of hook. Locke solos first over the alluring rhythm set down by Matta and Fonseca, his solo concise but sizzling. Lubambo follows similarly, short and to the point. After Matta's elegant bass solo, Locke and Lubambo embark on an intense dual improvisation, totally in sync, their fascinating counterpoint perhaps a nod to the Bach part of the title. While enthusiastic applause crests and subsides, Fonseca begins his own solo using mallets exclusively, building inexorably to a possessed peak, before rather abruptly winding down.

A video of this track, which was broadcast on German TV and can be seen on Joe Locke's website, shows the appreciative glances and hand slaps between Locke and Lubambo, clearly affirming that this was no ordinary performance.

Reviewer: Scott Albin


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