TRIOS! Duduka Da Fonseca: Jive Samba, Samo Salamon Bassless Trio: Litter River

Few ensembles mix the flexibility of a trio. Here are a couple of ‘em.

Drummer Duduka Da Fonseca teams up with David Feldman/p and Guto Wirtti/b for a mix of American jazz standards interpreted with a heart of Brazil. Feldman shows his modal chops on McCoy Tyner’s “Peresina” while dancing eloquently on “Recorda Me.” A couple bossas have the band slip into a nice groove as on “Jive Samba” and “Sco’s Bossa” by Adderley and Scofield respectively, while “Speak Like A Child” has an inquisitive chime to it. All the while, Da Fonseca is as crisp as fresh lettuce, keeping the music’s ability to gently bounce like a stone on Lake Superior.

Guitarist Samo Salamon leads a less traditional trio, dropping a bass and teaming up with Roberto Dani/dr and Paul McCandless/ss-bcl-oboe for a collection of originals. The moods change depending on the use of reeds, as there is a pastoral sense to “Northern Wind” while Dani’s groove sets the tone for the velvety bass clarinet on “Asking For A Break.” Salamon himself does some electric work with Dani’s soft snares as McCandless’ soprano sax pleases on “ Kei’s Garden,” and then show the team can bear down on the funky rocker of “Blown Away.” Some times Salamon picks the strings like on the folksy dance “Nantucket” and elsewhere uses his guitar for special effects as on the moody “Little River.” The team is very elastic and flexible, able to create various moods and atmospheres. Adroit.

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