Estrela is the third chapter of Norberto Lobo’s solo records on three:four. If it is easily identifiable by the black and white photography by António Júlio Duarte on the front cover, the music brings some newness: for the first time under his own name, Norberto Lobo is playing with a trio composed of Yaw Tembe (trumpet), Ricardo Jacinto (cello) and Marco Franco (drums).
For many months, he had been playing with Ricardo Jacinto, Marco Franco and Yaw Tembe - first in different duos, later in trios, and finally in the final formation in quartet - to create new arrangements for Lobo’s compositions. Meticulously, Norberto Lobo has been establishing a very strong relationship between his guitar and the cello, trumpet and drums, forging a collaborationist ensemble that amplified the magic of the music we used to know from his solo performances. The arrangements make some Lobo’s influences like Tom Zé, Moacir Santos, Noel Rosa or 50’s jazz more obvious. But paradoxically, Estrela sounds like his most personal record to date. According to Lobo, a dream comes true; for us it only begins.
released April 27, 2018
Norberto Lobo - guitar and voice
Yaw Tembe - trumpet
Ricardo Jacinto - cello
Marco Franco - drums
All songs by Norberto Lobo.
Recorded by Cristiano Nunes at Oficinas do Convento in June 2017. Mixed by Cristiano Nunes.
Mastered by Julien Grandjean at Jetlag.
Cover photo by António Júlio Duarte (Diver, Osaka, 1997).
Design by Catarina Lee / Gaëtan Seguin.
Thanks to Oficinas do Convento, ZDB, and GNRation.