The popular Brazilian Trio follows up their Grammy®-nominated debut
with another enchanting program of impressionistic, revelatory jazz
arrangements of rare Brazilian classics and soul-satisfying original works.
2009 debut Forests was nominated for a Grammy® in the Latin Jazz category.
Founded in 2003, the trio was formed by beloved icons from the New Yorkbased
Brazilian jazz community, two of whom Duduka Da Fonseca and
Nilson Matta are members of the hugely popular Trio Da Paz.
Among many great musicians, Brazilian Trio has served as the rhythm
section for jazz great Joe Henderson.
Individually and/or together the group members have played and recorded
with Antonio Carlos Jobim, Yo-Yo Ma, Don Pullen, John Scofield, Lee
Konitz, Airto Moreira, Gerry Mulligan, Herbie Mann, Kenny Barron,
and many other very special artists.
Poignant, piercing melodicism and throbbing rhythmic sensuality. --JazzTimes
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This is a very pleasant, mellow set of contemporary jazz by three talented Brazilian players - pianist Helio Alves, drummer Duduka Da Fonseca and bassist Nilson Matta - who have played together for years, including in the Brazilian Trio formation. This is very nice, elegant, no frills small-ensemble jazz, soft but not gooey or fusiony. The sweet, well-rounded melodies have kind of a lilting bounciness, accentuated by gentle rhythmic nudges. This is a relaxed, ensemble work, rather than a showboating solo-fest and the Brazilian-ness of the outing comes through in some original compositions along with several standards by Antonio Carlos Jobim, as well as tunes by saxophonist Tenorio, Jr. and Dori Caymmi. Nice stuff - simple and unpretentious, yet full of lively good cheer. (DJ Joe Sixpack, Slipcue Guide To Brazilian Music)