The exciting Brazilian jazz group Trio da Paz -- guitarist Romero Lubambo, bassist Nilson Matta, and drummer Duduka Da Fonseca -- are joined by vibraphonist Joe Locke for this 2007 concert at JazzBaltica in Salzau, Germany. Lubambo's lyrical acoustic guitar makes him the logical heir to earlier Brazilian greats like Laurindo Almeida. Each of the bandmembers contributes enticing originals. The drummer's intense cooker "Dona Maria" showcases Locke in a furious solo, though the guitarist's percolating solo that follows is hardly anticlimactic. Matta's "Copacabana" is a relaxing bossa nova ballad, while Lubambo's driving"Bachião" is the highlight of their set. Locke's soft ballad "Sword of Whispers" also blends in perfectly. One could hardly expect a Brazilian group to overlook the works of the masterful Antonio Carlos Jobim, and intimate renditions of "Wave" and "Look to the Sky," with Locke sitting out on both, are the Jobim numbers featured on Live at JazzBaltica. A follow-up recording to this enjoyable concert is clearly merited.
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AllMusic Review by Ken Dryden