Sometimes supergroups just don’t work but, in this case, they definitely do. Trio Corrente is an all-star cast from the live venues and studios of São Paulo, Brazil. Edu Ribeiro (d), the sensational drummer who drives the rhythm sections of Chico Pinheiro and Yamandu Costa, is comfortably at home with his band mates, Fabio Torres (p) and Paulo Paulelli (b). Fabio is currently working with Joyce and Paulo is the bassist of choice for Ivan Lins and Rosa Passos, both well known Brazilian super stars. The trio just completed a South American tour with the Cuban musical genius, Paquito D’Rivera, with future plans for a joint tour in Spain next year.
“Volume 2” picks up where their debut CD from 2005, “Corrente,” left off, traversing the rich, rhythmic terrain of bossa, samba, choro and straight ahead. With compositions from each of the band members as well as Gilberto Gil, Baden Powell, Dorival Caymmi and Paulinho da Viola, this recording runs the gamut of the Brazilian repertoire and plunges head first into the traditional piano trio space. In the opening composition, “Refém Da Solidão” by Baden Powell, you hear in Fabio’s playing a synthesis of his Brazilian sensitivities as well as overtones of Chick Corea and Bill Evans. Listen to the intro to “Deixa” to get a feel for Fabio’s impressionistic harmonies and, then, the nasty groove of the song itself for further trio exploration. Paulo’s upright propels along with Edu’s monster groove. Explore and have fun with this fresh and modern take on Brazilian jazz. From funk to samba, this release will demand repeated listens. Abraços