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Title - 'Águas Brasileiras'
Artist - The Brazilian Trio

If you are unaware, The Brazilian Trio are back! And they've put together something remarkable, which is both virtuosic and vividly imagined.

No doubt, this is what we've come to expect from this incredible group of talented artists who perform together as an integrated and dynamic creative force.

The trio is composed of Helio Alves (piano), Nilson Matta (bass), and Duduka Da Fonseca (drums). Alves was born in São Paulo, Brazil and moved to New York City in 1993 and he has performed with a veritable list of all-stars, from Yo-Yo Ma to Gato Barbieri.

Matta is one of the most celebrated bass players the world over. While living in Brazil, he performed with luminaries such as João Gilberto and Hermeto Pascoal. Since arriving New York in 1985, he has become the go-to bassist for Latin-inspired jazz.

Da Fonseca is from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and grew up during the golden age of bossa nova. He formed his first samba band at age thirteen and hasn't looked back ever since.

He has performed with just about everyone in the Brazilian canon, from Haroldo Mauro Jr. to the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra. After moving to New York, he collaborated with the likes of Bob Mintzer and Randy Brecker, among others.

1. 'Maucha Na Praia'
2. 'Sampa 67'
3. 'Black Orpheus Trilogy'
4. 'Boogie Stop Shuffle'
5. 'Aninha'
6. 'Baden'
7. 'Asa Branca / Baião'
8. 'Águas Brasileiras'
9. 'Manhattan Style'
10. 'Vila Madalena'

The just-released Águas Brasileiras (out now via Zoho Music) is their second ZOHO release, following their debut Forests (2008), which earned them a LATIN GRAMMY nomination for Best Latin Jazz album.

This production is a stirring and seminal work, in which each member of the trio draws upon their own crafts and, at the same time, supports each other with thoughtful accompaniments.

The result is exquisite, as one would well imagine, and opens here with the upbeat and perky 'Maucha Na Praia' which they back seamlessly with the free flowing majesty of 'Sampa 67,' the atmospherically orchestrated, near ten minute brilliance of 'Black Orpheus Trilogy,' and then comes the gently fervent 'Boogie Stop Shuffle' and the exuberantly lush whispers of 'Aninha.'

The sterner tasking of 'Baden' is next and is followed by my own personal favorite here on this new album, the dimensional ebbs and flows of 'Asa Branca / Baião,' which is itself backed by the midnight lounge appeal of the title track 'Águas Brasileiras,' with the album rounding out on the strength of 'Manhattan Style,' closing on the ornate percussion work of 'Vila Madalena.'

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