12 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

There’s an adage that a good song works even when it’s stripped to its essentials. You know a piece is solid when it comes across with just a voice and a guitar. The 12 tracks on Luciana Souza’s Duos III stand up nicely to that test. Then again, the three masterful guitarists who appear on the album—Toninho Horta, Romero Lubambo, and Marco Pereira—provide accompaniment that brings to mind one-man orchestras. (Lubambo and Pereira previously played on 2002’s Brazilian Duos and 2005’s Duos II.) Souza’s husband, Larry Klein, who's well-known for his collaborations with female artists, produced this fine set. “Tim Tim por Tim Tim,” from the pen of Haroldo Barbosa and Geraldo Jacques, flies by in a minute and a half as Souza and Horta joyfully render it with a sharp sense of musical detail. Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Chora Coracao,” with Pereira on guitar, comes across like a low-key aria. “Eu Vim da Bahia,” by Gilberto Gil, retains the songwriter’s touch in a jazzy version that displays Pereira’s virtuosity. Lubambo is wonderful on Jobim’s “Dindi,” and Souza’s delicate handling of the melody may bring a tear to your eye.

EDITORS’ NOTES

There’s an adage that a good song works even when it’s stripped to its essentials. You know a piece is solid when it comes across with just a voice and a guitar. The 12 tracks on Luciana Souza’s Duos III stand up nicely to that test. Then again, the three masterful guitarists who appear on the album—Toninho Horta, Romero Lubambo, and Marco Pereira—provide accompaniment that brings to mind one-man orchestras. (Lubambo and Pereira previously played on 2002’s Brazilian Duos and 2005’s Duos II.) Souza’s husband, Larry Klein, who's well-known for his collaborations with female artists, produced this fine set. “Tim Tim por Tim Tim,” from the pen of Haroldo Barbosa and Geraldo Jacques, flies by in a minute and a half as Souza and Horta joyfully render it with a sharp sense of musical detail. Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Chora Coracao,” with Pereira on guitar, comes across like a low-key aria. “Eu Vim da Bahia,” by Gilberto Gil, retains the songwriter’s touch in a jazzy version that displays Pereira’s virtuosity. Lubambo is wonderful on Jobim’s “Dindi,” and Souza’s delicate handling of the melody may bring a tear to your eye.

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About Luciana Souza

Luciana Souza's first solo album was An Answer to Your Silence (NYC Records, 1999). The Poems of Elizabeth Bishop and Other Songs (Sunnyside Records, 2000) was fifth place in The New York Times' 2000 The Year in Pop and Jazz: The Critics' Choice list. In 1991, she was elected Discovery of the Year by APCA for her work with Hermeto Pascoal. In the next year, she toured with the Zimbo Trio. In 1995, she was nominated for Outstanding Latin Act and, in the next year, Outstanding Jazz Vocalist at the Boston Music Awards. Among the artists she has been performing and recording with are her godfather, Hermeto Pascoal; Danilo Perez; Zimbo Trio; David Kikoski; Joey Calderazzo; Romero Lubambo; Guillermo Klein; Oscar Castro-Neves; Cyro Baptista; the Paul Winter Consort; Ben Sher Group; Steve Lacy; Kenny Wheeler; Donald Brown; John Patitucci; Kenny Werner; Osvaldo Golijov; Bob Moses; and George Garzone. From a musical family (her parents are Walter Santos and Tereza Souza), Souza has been involved with music since her childhood, when she worked with jingles. After four years at Unicamp University in Brazil, she went to the Berklee College of Music, where she received a bachelor's degree in jazz composition. She received a master's degree from the New England Conservatory of Music. In 2009, Souza released Tide her first album for Verve and her second collaboration with husband and producer Larry Klein. The Book of Chet appeared in 2012. ~ Alvaro Neder

  • ORIGIN
    Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • GENRE
    Jazz
  • BORN
    June 14, 1966

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