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Brazilian expatriates Duduka Da Fonseca (drums), Nilson Matta (bass), and Romero Lubambo (guitar) have been indulging their love of samba jazz for more than 15 years, and their collective feel for the

Brazilian expatriates Duduka Da Fonseca (drums), Nilson Matta (bass), and Romero Lubambo (guitar) have been indulging their love of samba jazz for more than 15 years, and their collective feel for the style is elegant. Listen to the basic trio on Dorival Caymmi's "Saudade da Bahia" and the title track, not only for an invigorating taste of samba but also for the seamless interplay of the small ensemble. Vocalist Dianne Reeves joins Trio da Paz for "Love Is Here to Stay" and "Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise"; her contribution is spellbinding. Saxman Joe Lovano works a cool solo on the timeless Jobim tune "Wave," giving a nod to Stan Getz in the process, and returns on the Lubambo original "48th Street Baiao." Trio da Paz's tropical jazz has a cozy swing and an understated grace that's quite engaging.—PVV