13 Songs, 57 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Rio de Janeiro–born Romero Lubambo is a masterful guitarist who draws from Brazilian and jazz traditions. In 1985, he moved to New York, and he's since played with dozens of artists, including Herbie Mann, Yo-Yo Ma, and Paquito D’Rivera. 2014’s So Brazilian Essence is a solo affair recorded live in the studio that finds the guitarist performing a number of Brazilian compositions. Lubambo’s engaging interpretations are utterly fresh. “Aquarela do Brasil”—the famous 1939 Ary Barroso song known to American listeners simply as “Brazil”—opens the album. Lubambo does a great job of reharmonizing the tune; the result is a lively version that will prick up your ears. Lubambo is a composer, too, and his “Paquito in Bremen” holds it own in this fine collection. The piece, which was written for D’Rivera, brims with touching melodicism. Carlos Lyra and Vinicius de Moraes’ “Coisa Mais Linda” features a special treat: Lubambo’s pleasing vocals. The closer, the David Raskin and Johnny Mercer gem “Laura,” is the only American tune here. He makes the lead line gracefully sing amid the web of fingerings.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Rio de Janeiro–born Romero Lubambo is a masterful guitarist who draws from Brazilian and jazz traditions. In 1985, he moved to New York, and he's since played with dozens of artists, including Herbie Mann, Yo-Yo Ma, and Paquito D’Rivera. 2014’s So Brazilian Essence is a solo affair recorded live in the studio that finds the guitarist performing a number of Brazilian compositions. Lubambo’s engaging interpretations are utterly fresh. “Aquarela do Brasil”—the famous 1939 Ary Barroso song known to American listeners simply as “Brazil”—opens the album. Lubambo does a great job of reharmonizing the tune; the result is a lively version that will prick up your ears. Lubambo is a composer, too, and his “Paquito in Bremen” holds it own in this fine collection. The piece, which was written for D’Rivera, brims with touching melodicism. Carlos Lyra and Vinicius de Moraes’ “Coisa Mais Linda” features a special treat: Lubambo’s pleasing vocals. The closer, the David Raskin and Johnny Mercer gem “Laura,” is the only American tune here. He makes the lead line gracefully sing amid the web of fingerings.

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About Romero Lubambo

Brazil's Romero Lubambo is a highly regarded guitarist known for his genre-crossing mix of jazz, classical, and Brazilian traditions. Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1955, Lubambo was first introduced to jazz and classical music via his guitarist uncle. He initially started out on piano, but eventually adopted the guitar as his main instrument around age 13. During the '70s he honed his skills studying at Villa-Lobos School of Music, but also earned a degree in engineering. In 1985 Lubambo relocated to the United States, where he worked with legendary vocalist Astrud Gilberto and formed a lasting partnership with flutist Herbie Mann. Since moving to the U.S., Lubambo has toured and or/recorded with a long and enviable list of artists, including Claudia Acuña, Gato Barbieri, Michael Brecker, Regina Carter, Dave Douglas, Paquito D'Rivera, Diana Krall, Wynton Marsalis, Pat Metheny, Flora Purim, Airto Moreira, and many others.

As a leader, Lubambo is quite prolific, having debuted in the '90s with a handful of collaborations, including 1990's Autonomia with harmonica player Rildo Hora, 1993's Face to Face with pianist Weber Drummond, and 1994's Coisa Fina with vocalist Leny Andrade, among others. He also recorded several albums with his Trio da Paz featuring bassist Nilson Matta and drummer Duduka Da Fonseca, including 1992's Brazil from the Inside and 1994's Black Orpheus. He topped off the decade with a superb live solo album, 1999's Lubambo.

He stayed active during the early 2000s, releasing a handful of well-received efforts including 2002's Duo with César Camargo Mariano and 2003's Rio de Janeiro Underground. In 2005 he returned to Trio da Paz for Somewhere. A year later he paired with longtime associate flutist Mann for Softly. He then delivered the romantic Love Dance in 2007, followed by the Trio da Paz concert album Live at JazzBaltica in 2008. In 2011 he joined trumpeter Claudio Roditi for Bons Amigos, followed in 2014 by his own Só: Brazilian Essence. A year later he delivered Setembro: A Brazilian Under the Jazz Influence. In 2017 Lubambo paired with guitarist Edú Lobo and saxophonist Mauro Senise for the trio album Dos Navegantes. ~ Matt Collar

  • ORIGIN
    Rio De Janiero, Brazil
  • GENRE
    Jazz
  • BORN
    September 28, 1955

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