A more virtuosic crew than Brazil’s Trio da Paz (guitarist Romero Lubambo, bassist Nilson Matta, drummer Duduka Da Fonseca) defies possibility-unless, of course, vibraphonist Joe Locke joins them. That foursome lets loose on Live at JazzBaltica, a gorgeous set of mainstream bossa nova. Locke’s presence is a surprise: Usually performing in a more adventurous setting, he has never before recorded Brazilian jazz. But with his speed and tonal palette on the second track, “Copacabana,” he demonstrates a natural affinity for Brazilian grooves, superior, perhaps, even to frontline partner Lubambo. The guitarist is no slouch, though; if he struggles rhythmically, he compensates by matching classical, crystalline tone with flamenco harmony and flair on his beautiful “Pro Flávio.”
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