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The well-traveled musicians who make up Trio da Paz (guitarist Romero Lubambo, bassist Nilson Matta, and drummer Duduka Da Fonseca) have eclectic tastes that range well beyond their native Brazil -- and they choose to exercise them without restraint on this album. Starting out with Miles Davis' "Seven Step to Heaven," the trio swings back and forth between Brazil and the U.S. without a care, filtering almost everything through the bossa nova and samba idioms. The Grover Washington, Jr. hit "Winelight" takes very well to a medium-tempo bossa nova treatment. Even, so help us, "Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead" is within their range, transformed into a swift samba. However Trio da Paz give Leonard Bernstein's "Somewhere" a straightforward, American pop standard rhythm, perhaps because they couldn't figure out how to Brazilian-ize it, and the off-kilter three-quarter meter take on the five-four meter "Take Five" nearly stumbles on itself. Among the Brazilian-made tunes, there is some exquisite out-of-the-way Antonio Carlos Jobim ("Look to the Sky") as well as standard-issue Jobim ("Corcovado"), rapid-fire Baden Powell in "Babel (Samba Novo)" and "O Astronauta," and a marvelous treatment of Durval Ferreira's "Batida Diferente." Whatever the sources of the material, this trio generates combustible fission that many of today's post-bossa nova recordings don't have. ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi