The Brazilian-born and raised
Ruzza, who has been plying
her plucking skills in New York for the
last four years, delivers a robust Latin-jazz
debut centered around her multilingual,
pervasive bass. “Larry and I” rides a serious
slap groove with global implications. A
reading of the traditional chorinho “Pagão”
finds bass and ’bone locked in unison bliss.
Elsewhere, the surging, odd-meter hybrid feel
of “Costanera” culminates in an expansive
solo, while title track shows off Ruzza’s
savvy samba support.