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  • Luciana Souza's Samba School

    July 2, 2009. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

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    Luciana Souza's career has skyrocketed in the last few years.  Her repertoire now includes great popular songs, and that's largely contributed to her wider exposure.  Her roots, however, are still firmly planted in the samba tradition.  Her parents were both great songwriters in Brazil, and Luciana clearly absorbed it all.  Last night at Club Soda in Montreal, Luciana and guitarist Romero Lubambo played duets to a rapt audience.
    Hear them tackle "So Danco Samba," one of the classic Antonio Carlos Jobim songs.

    Most people know that Luciana is a gifted singer, but when she picks up a tambourine, it's apparent that she's a complete musician.  On this samba, you can hear her play some authentic samba rhythms, and she does it effortlessly.

  • Meet Pianist Baptiste Trotignon

    July 2, 2009. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

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    Meet Baptiste Trotignon.  He's an immensely talented pianist in both the classical and jazz tradition, and he plays in the Moutin Reunion Quartet.  Trotignon recently released Share, a collaboration with American jazz musicians.  Last night at the Salle de Gesu in Montreal, the synthesis was on full display.  But there was nothing synthetic about it.  Trotignon's performance increased in intensity, in part because the band itself grew in size.

    The first song was a trio with bassist Matt Penman and drummer Greg Hutchinson.  The title?  "First Song."

    Next up, saxophonist Mark Turner joins the trio for "Flow."  Turner plays the first five minutes all by himself.  Pretty amazing stuff.

    After the flow, Jeremy Pelt brings his flugelhorn for the intimate ballad, "Samsara."

  • Monterey Quartet

    July 2, 2009. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

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    The Monterey Quartet is bassist Dave Holland, pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba, drummer Eric Harland, and saxophonist Chris Potter.
    This band was created out of whole cloth for the 50th Anniversary of the Monterey Jazz Festival.  Last night, they played to a packed house at the Theatre Maisonneuve for the 30th Anniversary of Montreal Jazz Festival, and they blew the roof off the place (figuratively, of course).  Check out out the mono board feed of Eric Harland's "Treachery," the first song they played.

    That's one of many reasons why Eric Harland is quite possibly one of the most in-demand drummers today.
    If you need another, listen to a drum solo after the jump.
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